Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 616 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


A collection of 3 books on medicine.

ff. 1a-53a
Language(s): Persian


Title: [On medicine]

This is a work on medical science whose title and author remains unknown due to defective incipit and explicit. The treatise starts from around the middle of the thrid chapter of the first article, and continues onto the second (on علم عملی رطوبت هر عضو ), the third (on ذکر ادویه مفرده ), and the fourth article (on ذکر ادویه مرکبه ).

Incipit: ||… و گرمی و تری بر این اساس غالب است و سن شتاب و جوانی است و این سنی است که بالیدن و افزودن درین سن تمام می‌شود…
Explicit: … آرد گندم یک من روغن کقاله یک من و نیم عسل چهار من کوفته و بیخته نافوری. والله اعلم.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 126
ff. 53a-88b
Language(s): Persian


The author has been living in the Saljuq era and at the court of Sulṭān Sanjar, and has created this work upon his request in 17 chapters. The first to fifth chapters are about foods as well as plain and compound drugs, and the sixth to seventeenth chapters about the issues around sexual intercourse.

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، اما بعد بدانکه مصنف این کتاب هیبت‌الله بن ازده مشیر بن جانی بن جاماس می‌گوید که چون به شرف خدمت… ابوالهارث سنجر بن ملکشاه رحمه الله مشرف شدم… بنده را بخلوتگاه خود و از اسرار خود چندین بر لفظ مبارک پادشاه فرمود که… درین باب اشارت رفت و کتابی ساخت از مجامعت… شرط بندگی بجای آورد و در حقایق و دقایق این کتاب جهد تمام کرد…
Explicit: … بادام تلخ پنج درم دارچین سه درم زنجبیل سه درم عسل سه وزن ادویه… سه دوم.
Colophon: تمت الکتاب بعون الله الملک و الوهاب فی… شهر شوال… سنه ۱۱۹۲.

According to the existing catalogues, there are only two copies left of this work, one in the Majlis Library of Iran, and one in Neẓāmiyah of Ḥaydar'ābād. The printed copy is also based on the manuscript held in Neẓāmiyah of Ḥaydar'ābād Dakan. Therefore, the current copy included, only three copies have survived from this work. The current copy is also important in respect of the author's name, which is recorded as Haybat Allāh ibn Azdah Mushīr ibn Janī ibn Jāmās, while it is listed as Haybat Allāh Zayd Baṣrī in the other two copies. As he has been working in the court of the Saljuqs, the second name does not seem to be reliably correct.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 167

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MAJ, 2/297

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1388 Shamsī/2010
ff. 87b-89a
Language(s): Arabic


Author: Unknown

The text contains 25 brief comments on various states of human temperaments.

Incipit: بسمله، کتاب البقراط الذی وجد فی قبره الفصل اول قال اذا کان فی وجه المریض ورم لا یجد له… کانت یده الیسری موضوعه علی صدره فاعلم انه یموت…
Explicit: … فاعلم ان صاحبها یموت لاحدی عشره لیله فی اول مرضه وایه ذلک انه یعرض له فی بدو مرضه شهوه الحلواء شدیدا.
Colophon: تم والله التوفیق والحمد لله رب العالمین.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 761

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, regular thickness, one size; rubricated titles. Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular thickness, one size; rubricated titles. Oriental paper, natural buff, regular thickness, one size; rubricated titles.
Extent: 89 ff. 20 × 14 cm. 18 × 12 cm. 20 × 14 cm. 19.5 × 15 cm. 20 × 14 cm. 19.5 × 15 cm.


ff. 1a-53a ff. 53a-88b ff. 87b-89a


Water damage on papers.


18 lines per page.

ff. 1a-53a

18 lines per page.

ff. 53a-88b

18 lines per page.

ff. 87b-89a


Cursive Nastaʿaliq, one hand, regular. Cursive Nastaʿaliq, one hand, regular. Cursive Nastaʿaliq, one hand, regular. Anonymous

Additions: Notes on f. 89b. Miscellaneous Persian poetry on the second endpaper. Oval stamp on f. 63a: عبده الراجی محمد مهدی ۱۱۲۶


Light brown leather, 15 × 21 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only.

Ruled, tooled edges.


Front cover torn, cover detached from the copy; head band and stitching in disarray; back cover is newly built; spine restored by leather.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1192 AH; 1778 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.


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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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