Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

I.O. Islamic 4595 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of Naṣīḥat al-mulūk

Incipit: الحمد الله رب العالمین والصلوة والسلام علی خیر خلقه محمد وآله اجمعین اما بعد بدانکه پادشاهانی که مشفق در ویشند نگهبان ملک و دولت خویشند الخ

An anonymous treatise of advices to kings.

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 377.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 19 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 8.7 × 5.8 in.
Dimensions (written): 6.3


excellent calligraphic Persian nastaʻlīq

Copyist Ḥusain al-Ḥusainī al-Tafrashī, حسین الحسینی التفرشی


Headings in red and gold

Margins elaborately ruled in red and gold

Fine ʻunwān

Foll. 2b-3a splendidly illuminated


Oriental binding


Origin: 18th century CE

Provenance and Acquisition

This manuscript was formerly the property of the late John Drinkwater, Esq

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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