Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 473 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is a rewritten and edited copy of 'ʿUṣūl al-Ḥindissah' of Euclid, the famous Greek engineer and theoretical architect, which has been translated into Arabic by Isḥāq ibn Ḥanīn and edited by S̱ābit ibn Qurrat Ḥarrānī. Khvājah Naṣīr has added what he has found necessary using other books and his own talent and taste. The current copy includes fifteen articles by Khvājah Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī.
Language(s): Arabic


Incipit: || … مکعبا هما فاطراف الثلثه و الاربعة متباینة و قس علی ذلک ما حاقدها و ذلک ما اروناه و قد بان ان طرفی الثلثة المتوالیة یکونان مربعین قطر فی الاربعة…
Explicit: … نسبة کل دایرتین لنسبة مربعی قطر لهما و لیکن الدایرتان… فان لم یکن… ||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 145

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MAJ, 2/85
  • MNL, 5/59
  • NLI, 5/3173

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 3/379
  • DEN, 2/842

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1314 AH/1897
  • Qum, 1420 AH/2000

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (plain), Oriental paper, natural buff, varying thickness (regular, thick, thin), glossy. ⟨Water damage and corroson on papers.⟩
Extent: 88 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.5 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13 × 8 cm.


19 lines per page


Cursive Nastaʿaliq, Shikastah Nastaʿaliq, several hands, regular.


Rubricated titles, also using red ink; all geometrical figures rubricated.

Additions: Explanatory marginalia; Vaqf وقف عام .


Green leather, 21.5 × 15.5 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 12th century AH; 18th century CE

Provenance and Acquisition

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

Record Sources

This record was created by Dr Mohammad Emami based on the information published in the Persian catalogue by Dr Ali Mir-Ansari (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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