Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 371 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: Khvājah Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī created this work by summarizing his own work of "Sad bāb" in order to introduce astrolabe and its application. There are several copies of "Bīst bāb" in various Iranian and international centres. It has already been published, including an edited copy by Tehran University in 1956. Considering its importance, authenticity, and educational attributes, many commentaries have been written on it during 14th to 16th centuries.
Language(s): Persian


The current copy contains chapters 5 to the middle of chapter 10 only.

Incipit: || … اگرچه برج مختلف‌اند اما در درجه و اجزای آن متحد باشند و هر یک…
Explicit: … یعنی رقم اول که ایمن از قامت موضوع باشد لجنه برج و آن هرگز زیاده متجاوز نگردد… ||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 125

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MAL, 6/257
  • MAJ, 19/59
  • UTL, 8/629

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 3/670
  • DEN, 2/597

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1956

On the Web:

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western (relief stamp), buff, varying thickness (regular, thick), one size; rubricated titles, rubricated line above some expressions, astronomical tables.
Extent: 30 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.5 × 16.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14.5 × 9 cm.


17 lines per page.


Cursive Nastʿalīq, one hand, regular; titles unwritten, some geometric figures not drawn. Anonymous


Brown leather, 17 × 22 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard; newly built cover.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 13th century AH; 19th century CE

Provenance and Acquisition

Donated to The Ferdowsi Library by Dr Caro Minasian in 1972.

Record Sources

This record was created based on the information published in: Mir-Ansari, Ali, Catalogue of the Persian and Arabic Manuscripts in the Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford (Minasian Collection), Tehran: Miras-e Maktoob, 2016.


Entry to the Library is permitted upon presentation of a valid university ID card (for admissions procedures, please visit Wadham College Library, Persian Studies Section). Please Contact persian.library@wadham.ox.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Key to bibliographical abbreviations of alternative versions:


AQR: Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi; FAW: Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford (Minasian Collection); GIE: Great Islamic Encyclopedia Library, Manuscripts; GIP: Great Islamic Encyclopedia Library, Photographed and Microfilmed Manuscripts; GUL: Library of Ayatollah Gulpayigani; LAH: Library of Ayatollah Ha'iri (Library of Faydiyya Seminary); MAJ: Library, Museum and Documentation Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly; MAL: Malek National Museum and Library; MNL: Mar'ashi Najafi Library; NLI: National Library of Iran; SEP: Sepahsalar (Shahid Motahari) Mosque and School of Tehran; TCL: Tabriz Central Public Library; UTA: Library of Literature Faculty, University of Tehran; UTL: Central Library of University of Tehran.


ALZ: الذریعه; ARP: فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی عربی; COM: فهرست مشترک نسخه‌های خطی فارسی; DEN: فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران (دنا); FAM: فهرست نسخه‌های خطی فارسی; FAP: فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی فارسی; FIH: فهرستواره کتاب‌های فارسی; KAS: کشف الظنون عن اسامی الکتب و الفنون; RAY: ریحانة الادب فی تراجمِ المعروفین بالکنیة او اللّقب; TAB: طبقات اعلام الشیعه.

Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)


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