Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 16775 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

'Attar's Tazkirat ul-auliya'


1 copy of Taz̲kirat al-awliyāʾ by ʿAṭṭār, Farīd al-Dīn, -approximately 1230

The famous biographical work on the lives, virtues and sayings of early Sufis. By Farīd al-Dīn ‘Aṭṭār (d. ca. 1220). See Storey PL I/2, pp. 930-933. The present manuscript is the earliest known dated copy.

Completed in 686/1287, at the khānaqāh of Najīb al-Dīn ‘Alī ibn Burghush. Copied by Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad ibn Abī Bakr al-Khalīlī.

Excellent early naskhī. Red headings. 19 lines. Illuminated title frontispiece, 1r, and Basmala heading, 1v. 266 folios. 26 x 18 cm. Good brown morocco binding, ca. 9th/15th century.

Purchased from Christies (6 October 2009, Lot 64).

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 266 f.
Dimensions (leaf): 260 × 180 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 686 AH; 1287 CE Khānaqāh of Najīb al-Dīn ʿAlī ibn Burghush ; Iran

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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