Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3960 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Miscellany on insha


1 copy of a work by Munshī Gangā Bishan Pandit

Untitled collection (termed bayāz̤) of abstracts, notes, and conventions useful to practitioners of formal prose or inshāʾ by Munshīʾ Gangā Bishan Pandit

Additionally includes unrelated poetic compositions (rubāʿī and ghazal, for example) in Persian and Urdu

Appendices at the end list months and years according to various calendrical systems, the titles of Timurid or Mughal Emperor Shāh ʿĀlam's ministers and provincial governors, and, interestingly, the names and titles of ladies or begums

Script: clear nastaʿlīq with taʿlīq and shikastah

Paper in poor condition; leather of binding has mostly crumbled off

Not dated

Language(s): Persian

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 121 pp. (not foliated)
Dimensions (leaf): 219 × 138 mm.


Clear nastaʿlīq with taʿlīq and shikastah



Origin: 18th-19th centuries CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine


William Irvine


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