Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

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

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


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


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.


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.


Edge mending on the first and the last folios.


Poems in 4 columns. 25 lines per page.


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.



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.


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.


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:


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;


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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