Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

I.O. Islamic 4581 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of Mūsh va gurbah by Muḥammad Muḥsin b. Muḥammad Ḥusain Iṣfahānī "Shāʼiq"

Incipit: شکر و سپاس بی قیاس واجب الوجور درا ... اما بعد چنین گوید احقر عباد الله محمد محسن ابن حمحد حسین اصفهانی المتخاص باشایق غفر الله ذنوبه که هر کسی از مشاهیر مورٌ خان الخ

A copy, probably unique, and written by the author himself, of a mas̲navī poem on the fable of the Cat and the Mouse

The author in a long preface (foll. 1-6) statesthat he composed the poem in the year 1244, and dedicates it to Fath ʻAlī Shāh Qājār, فتح على شاه قاجار (reigned 1211 - 1250).

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, pages 370-1.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 80 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 7.9 × 6.2 in.
Dimensions (written): 5.8 × 3.7 in.


Cursive Persian nastaʻtīq


Very crude and rather comic miniatures


The manuscript is autograph


Poor leather binding


Origin: 19 Jumada I, 1244 AH

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on A. J. Arberry: Hand-List of Islamic Manuscripts acquired by the India Office Library, 1936–8. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (New Series) (1939), 71: pp 353-396


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