Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 15659 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Bi sarnamah


1 copy of Bī sarnāmah by ʻAṭṭār, Farīd al-Dīn, d. ca. 1230

A mystical mas̲navī poem almost certainly falsely attributed to Farīd al-Dīn ‘Aṭṭār (d. ca. 617/1220).

Other contents: numerous corrections in margins; inside front and back covers, miscellaneous scribbles; f. 1r, inscription Vuṣlat (a word that occurs in many bayts of the exordium of Bī sarnāmah).

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Indian offwhite laid paper with watermarks including ‘Ramji Dass’.
Extent: 95 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 203 × 133 mm.


Clear nastaʻlīq



Brown morocco binding, very worn.


Origin: 19th century CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition


Acquired from Bonhams sale 11 October 2000, part of lot 128.

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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