Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

I.O. Islamic 4590 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of Ḥusn va ʻishq by Naʻmat Khān-i-ʻĀlī, d. ca. 1710

The well-known allegory in ornate prose and verse

The work has been several times lithographed in India

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 375.
For a more detailed description see Edwards 1935, page 592.
For a more detailed description see Arberry 1937 a, page 203.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 19 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 8.7 × 7.2 in.
Dimensions (written): 6.6 × 4.7 in.


Ordinary Indian nastaʻtīq and naskhy


European paper, water-marked

Ruled margins; marginal glosses


Origin: 19th century CE

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by the Library of the India Office to A. J. Arberry in 1937

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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