Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 304 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: The author was one of the physicians at the court of Sultan Sulaymān Ṣafavī who wrote this book in 1080 AH/1670. The book is about traditional medicine and medications, mainly concerning pharmacognosy, in Persian. It has been one of the most important medical works referenced by physicians in Iran for three centuries after its date of composition. The majority of the content is about medicine, including the most experiences of the author and his father with herbs, compounds, miscellaneous drinks, beans, various powder medicines, pure and compound medicines, and how to make them. This copy was part of Tuḥfat al-Muʾminīn.
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: بسمله، قسم اوّل در دستورات جامع در بیان اعمالی که متعلق است به ادویه مفرده و آن مشتمل بر پنج طریق طریق اولی در تدابیر ادویه مخصوصه…
Explicit: … دیگر زنگ نگیرد. خاتمه در خطوط مرموزه و اسامی مشهورهٔ آن و امور غریبه … ||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 159

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • AQR 19/81
  • MAL 2/113
  • MNL 3/167
  • NLI 2/105

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 3/403
  • DEN 2/929
  • FAP 1/335
  • FIH 5/3347

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1345 Shamsī/1967; 1376 Shamsī/1998

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (regular, thick), one size, glossy.
Extent: 126 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 8.5 cm.


Water damage on some folios


16 lines per page


Shikastah Nastaʿalīq, Nastaʿalīq, several hands, regular


Rubricated titles; rubricated lines above some expressions.

Additions: Ownership note on the last folio


Black leather, 16.5×22 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard


Damage to the spine; back bone mending with cloth


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 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).


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.ukfor further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)

Key to Abbreviations

  • ALZ: (الذریعه)
  • AQR: (Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi)
  • DEN: (فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران - دنا)
  • FAP: (فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی فارسی)
  • FAW: (Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford - Minasian Collection)
  • FIH: (فهرستواره کتاب‌های فارسی)
  • MAL: (Malek National Museum and Library)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)


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