Kitab nahj al-balāghah : [manuscript.
ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib,Caliph,approximately 600-661
Amherst, William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst,Baron,1835-1909(association)
176,  leaves
Leaves [1-3] at end blank.
Arabic script; 18 or 19 long lines per page.
Text on each page enclosed in gold-leaf frames with coloured ruling.
Written in fine Arabic calligraphy in black ink on ivory-coloured, glazed paper; head of caption title illuminated.
Undated note on letter head belonging to Didlington Hall, Brandon, Norfolk pasted at back with message: "The open road to eloquence, or a collection of the sayings and sentences of Ali Ibn Abi Talib on various subjects. The present copy was made in the month of Regeb of the year 400 of the Higra, and another copy was taken from it on the 21 of Rabi I of the year 1073 by Mohammad Ibn Mohammad."
In a flap binding of red-leather goatskin, with a central scalloped medallion and additional decorative motifs on the vertical axis on upper and lower covers; rebacked with gold block-stamped decorations added to upper and lower covers.
Formerly catalogued as Fisher MSS 03006.
Previously owned by Lord Amherst of Hackney, and listed in his estate sale of 22 Nov. 1921, no. 1192.