Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 15961 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Two medical treatises


Two medical treatises

1. ff 3v-93v

A medical treatise comprising two parts (maqālah), each in five chapters (faṣl). The first maqālah concerns ophthalmic medicine; the second, the treatment of ulcers. This work was composed by Muḥammad Bāqir ibn Mahmūd for Shāh ‘Abbās I Ṣafavī (reg. 996-1038/1588-1629). See Storey, PL II/2 E, p. 251; the work is not found in FNKhF or Fonahn, ZQPM.

Title supplied.

Language(s): Persian
2. ff 94r-96v

A concise medical treatise, on cupping, by Muḥammad Bayg, of whom nothing appears to be known, comprising six chapters (bāb), subdivided into faṣls.

The present manuscript is incomplete at the end, the text finishing one-third of the way down the last page. The faṣl headings are missing, apart from the first. Hence there are gaps in many lines, each of which indicates the beginning of a new section.

Storey PL II/2 p. 315, records five other manuscripts. See also Fonahn, ZQPM no. 101, p. 58; no mention in Munzavī, FNKhF.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Off-white paper, thinner than average.
Extent: 96 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 265 × 134 mm.



 15 lines in text 1, 25 lines in text 2. In safīnah (oblong) format.


Nasta‘līq , uncultivated but clear in text 1; rather small and dense in text 2.


1r, notes on the two works, in English; 96v, a medicinal recipe, added diagonally below the end of the text, in a later hand.


Reddish-brown calf binding with cutout ornamentation in white.


Origin: 18th century CE Probably 18th century.

Provenance and Acquisition


Purchased from Bonhams sale 1 May 2003, lot 53.

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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