Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4625 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

A volume containing two separate works


Summary of Contents: 2 works by Unknown on the subjects of Islamic ethics Early works to 1800 and Kings and rulers Duties Early works to 1800
1. ff. 1-195
Author: Unknown

An ethical miscellany

Some folios are lost at the beginning, so that the name of the author is not preserved, but the title given above is as stated in the colophon, and presumably refers to the Quṭbshāh dynasty of the Deccan founded by ʻAbd Allāh Quṭbshāh, 1035/1626-1083/1672, عبدالله قطب شاه , during whose reign the book was evidently written

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 389.
2. ff. 196-318
Author: Unknown

Treatise on the art of kingship, illustrated with anecdotes and poetical extracts, by an anonymous author

The title given above is that which occurs inIvASB., 1391: the present copy has none. According to Ivanow, chronograms prove that the book was commenced in 1054 and finished in 1055, but it is difficult to reconcile these conclusions with the date (1054) of the present manuscript. In the preface, the author refers to a previous work on a similar theme by himself, and perhaps the Majmūʻah-ʼi Quṭshāhī ( مجموغۀ قطبشاهی ) is intended

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, pages 389-90.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 318 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 8.5 × 4.6 in.
Dimensions (written): 5.8 × 2.7 in.



Indian shikastah

Copyist: Muḥammad ʻAlī محمد علی



Gilt margins

Blue oriental paper; water-stained

Work 2 is illustrated


Some folios damaged and torn


Green leather painted covers with decorative medallions


Origin: Hyderabad; 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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