Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 234 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Contents

Summary of Contents: Ātashkadah is one of the most renowned memoirs of the Persian poets of the 18th century that was compiled by Āzar Bīgdilī between 1760-1779. This memoir includes biographies and samples of works of c.850 poets. Ātashkadah consists of an introduction and two 'majmar' [censers]. The introduction contains the history of Iran from the Afghan Invasion to the government of Karim Khan Zand. The first 'censer' is made of three 'akhgar' [sparks], eleven 'sharārah' [flares], two 'shuʿāʿ' [gleams], and one 'furūgh' [blaze], and includes biographies and poetry of poets from Iran, Turan and India. The second 'censer' has two 'partaw' [rays], and includes biographies and poetry of Āzar Bīgdilī and poets contemporary to him.
Language(s): Persian

Biography

Incipit: بسمله، در طوف حرم دیدم دی مغبچه میگفت / کین خانه به این خوبی آتشکده بایستی. فروغ آتشکده دل و زبان اخگر زبان سپاس قدیمی است
Explicit: در غصۀ روی تو خورشید را اختیار از چیست / تهی ز شخص تو ایوان فلک دو تا از چیست.
Colophon: تمام شد. در تاریخ یوم سه‌شنبه ماه رجب‌المرجب در مدرسه چهارباغ دارالسلطنه اصفهان در حضور جمعی از دوستان و اربابان خط و کمال و خطوط تحریر شد. هرگاه سهو و نسیان و غلط واقع شده باشد التماس است تا در اصلاح او پردازد و چشم از عیوب کاتب پوشند و در حک و اصلاحش کوشند و بکرم خود قبول فرموده عفو نموده باشند ان شاءالله تعالی در سنه ۱۲۴۸.
(Comment), page 1 of front cover, book price along with some other miscellaneous comments. Elimination of some comments on the first and the last folios.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 1

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • GIE, 2/1
  • MAJ, 11/2045
  • UTL, 8/104

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • COM, 11/747, 12/2045-2046
  • FAM, 3/1839
  • FAP, 1/31
  • ALZ, 1/41

Printed editions:

  • Calcutta, 1249 H. / 1833
  • Mumbai, 1277 and 1299 H. / 1861 and 1882
  • Tehran, edited by Sayid Ja'far Shahīdī, 1337 H.S. / 1958
  • Tehran, edited by Ḥassan Sādāt Nāṣirī, 1336, 1338 and 1340 H.S. / 1957, 1959 and 1960

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (thick and regular), one size, glossy.
Extent: 225 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.5 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 10 × 9.5 cm.

Condition

Edge mending on the first and the last folios.

Layout

Poems in 4 columns. 25 lines per page.

Hand(s)

Shikastah in one hand, regular. Rubricated title, rubricated line above Arabic expressions (Quranic and Hadith verses). Anonymous Very beautiful Shikastah handwriting whose scribe is unknown.

Additions:

Binding

Lacquer painted 15 × 25 cm, front + back cover, lacquer+lacquer, floriated. Cloth pasted on the front cover and damage to the external lacquer paint. Spine mending by black leather.

History

Origin: Chahārbāgh school of Isfahān; Rajab 1248 AH; November-December 1832 CE

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.

Availability

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.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Key to bibliographical abbreviations of alternative versions:

Libraries:

AQR: Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi; FAW: Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford (Minasian Collection); GIE: Great Islamic Encyclopedia Library, Manuscripts; GIP: Great Islamic Encyclopedia Library, Photographed and Microfilmed Manuscripts; GUL: Library of Ayatollah Gulpayigani; MAJ: Library, Museum and Documentation Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly; MAL: Malek National Museum and Library; MNL: Mar'ashi Najafi Library; NLI: National Library of Iran; SEP: Sepahsalar (Shahid Motahari) Mosque and School of Tehran; TCL: Tabriz Central Public Library; UTL: Central Library of University of Tehran;

Catalogues:

ALZ: الذریعه; ARP: فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی عربی; COM: فهرست مشترک نسخه‌های خطی فارسی; DEN: فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران (دنا); FAM: فهرست نسخه‌های خطی فارسی; FAP: فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی فارسی; FIH: فهرستواره کتاب‌های فارسی; KAS: کشف الظنون عن اسامی الکتب و الفنون; RAY: ریحانة الادب فی تراجمِ المعروفین بالکنیة او اللّقب; TAB: طبقات اعلام الشیعه.

Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)


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