Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4621 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Majmaʻ al-ṭuyūr by Muḥammad ʻAlī al-Ḥusainī

An ethical miscellany in prose and verse after the style of the Gulistān ( گلستان ) . The book is divided into five chapters called āshyānah, each of which is further subdivided into sections called parvāz

This work, of which the present may be a unique copy, was composed during the reign of Shāh ʻAbbas II (1052-1077) (see fol. 116a), and therefore this manuscript, of which unfortunately the first folio is missing, must have been written during the author's lifetime

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 387.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 116 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 8.8
Dimensions (written): 6.8 × 3.2 in.





Pink, cream, and blue paper, gold-sprinkled; some folios badly damaged and skilfully repaired


Origin: Written in the library of Prince ʻAbbas ʻAlī Khān; 1054 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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