Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 62 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This treatise is a collective biography of poets, with samples of their poetry, in an introduction and seven 'classes'. The introduction is about Arab poets, the first class covers from Rūdakī to ʿImād Zūzanī, the second class from Ḥakīm Arzaqī to Sayf Isfarangī, the third class from Niẓāmī Ganjavī to ʿAbd al-Qādir Nāʾīnī, the fourth class from Shaykh Farīd al-Dīn ʿAṭṭār to Amīr Maydān Kirmānī, the fifth class from Khvājah ʿImād Faqīh Kirmānī to Khvājah ʿAbd al-Malik Samarqandī, the sixth class from Sayid Niʿmat Allāh Valī to Ṭāl Jājarḥī, and the seventh class from Amīr Shāhī Sabzivārī to Khvājah Maḥmūd Barsah. The conclusion is about six poets contemporary to the author.
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: بسمله، تحمیدی که شاهباز بلندپرواز اندیشه بساحت و فضای کبریای آن طیران تواند نمود…
Explicit: … ذکر حالات وقعات پادشاه اسلام سلطان حسین بهادرخان… چه سنجد در نگین من بدخشان / ز چینم تا بدخشان در نگین باد / بکوهستان سمندم را چه جولان / مرا میدان همی روی زمین باد ||

This is one of the rare copies of this work scribed in the 9th century AH / 15th century CE.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 170

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAL 8/463
  • NLI 6/227, 501, 835

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 4/32
  • DEN 2/69

Printed editions:

  • Leiden, 1900

Physical Description

Support: Oriental paper, dark buff, regular thickness, one size, glossy; rubricated titles, names of poets, and the words بیت and له .
Extent: 264 + 1 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.5 × 13.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 9 cm.


Water damage on folios; corrosion on the edges of the initial and final folios, as well as on the areas of some folios; rebinding and edge mending of damaged folios.


17 lines per page; poems in two columns


Graceful Naskh, one hand, regular. Some lines are rewritten on the initial and final folios. The name of the scribe is noted on the end paper 1 incompletely as این کتاب به خط میرزا […] است .

Additions: Indecipherable, non-geometric shape. Many older notes are illegible, or have been removed/covered during the mending processes. The only understandable note is a memo on the end paper 1, related to the year 1343 AH/1924.


Simple cardboard with no wrapper, 14.5‌ × 22.5 cm, front + back cover, with a leather spine


The back cover is torn.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 9th century AH; 15th century CE Both the paper's material and handwriting style indicate that the copy has been scribed in the 9th century AH.

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.ukfor further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)

Key to Abbreviations

  • ALZ: (الذریعه)
  • DEN: (فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران - دنا)
  • FAW: (Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford - Minasian Collection)
  • MAL: (Malek National Museum and Library)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)


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