Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

I.O. Islamic 4616 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

A volume containing three separate works

Contents

Summary of Contents: 3 works by 2 authors on the subjects of Islamic ethics Early works to 1800, Islamic philosophy and theology, Hermes, and Islamic philosophy Greek influences
1. ff. 1-38a

A well-known Sufi ethical treatise in six chapters

The work has been lithographed several times in Persia

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 384.
2. ff. 38b-39
Title: Nubz̲ah
Title: نبذة

An extract from an unspecified philosophical work

Language(s): Arabic

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 384.
3. ff. 40-91

Persian translation on the treatise of " Hermes Trismegistus " on the human soul

[ Ethe 1903-1937, no 1921(14)., with references]

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 385.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 91 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 7.8 × 4.3 in.
Dimensions (written): 5.5 × 2.1 in.

Layout

Hand(s)

Fine Persian nastaʻlīq and naskh

Persian shikastah-āmīz

Persian nastaʻlīq

Decoration

Rubrications in work 3

Additions:

Work 1 has chapter-headings and overlinings in gilt; some folios torn and skilfully restored

Work 3 Good paper, gold sprinkled

Binding

The volume is bound in gilt-tooled red oriental leather

History

Origin: 17th century CE

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

Availability

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Funding of Cataloguing

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