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Bagh o bahar, or the tales of the four Darwesh
Church Mission Press, Calcutta 1836 - 8vo, pp. [6], 163, [2]; contemporary and likely original full unadorned calf; very good. In Urdu Roman script throughout. 3 in OCLC, none in the U.S. Mir Amman's Qissah-e Chahar Darvesh is in fact a "garden and spring" [bagh-o-bahar]. This is among those few books of Urdu that will live forever, and will always be read with ardor. The very great secret of its popularity is its eloquence and simplicity. As Mir Amman himself has written in his Preface [in the 1858 Forbes translation], "this Tale of the Four Darwesh was originally composed by Amir Khusru, of Dihli, on the following occasion: the holy Nizamu-d-Din Auliya, surnamed Zari-Zar- bakhsh, who was his spiritual preceptor, fell ill; and to amuse his preceptor's mind, Amir Khusru used to repeat this tale to him, and attend him during his sickness. God, in the course of time, removed his illness; then he pronounced this benediction on the day he performed the ablution of cure: 'That whoever will hear this tale, will, with the blessing of God, remain in health'. Since which time this tale, composed in Persian, has been extensively read."
      [Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB)]
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