Qanoon-e-Islam, or the Customs of the Moosulmans of India; comprising a full and exact account of their various rites and ceremonies, from the moment of birth till the hour of death.
Large 8vo. XXVIII, 436, CXXVIII pp. With lithogr. frontispiece and 18 lithogr. plates. Half calf with red morocco label to spine. Marbled endpapers.
First edition of this very rare study of Indian Muslim customs, manners, social habits and religious rites. At the request of the British-Indian surgeon Gerhard Andreas Herklots (1790-1834), the work was composed in his native Dakhini by the "liberal-minded" Ja'far Sharif and then translated by the editor. Subsequently published under title "Islam in India, or, The Qanun-i-Islam; the customs of the Musalmans of India".
Extremities very slightly rubbed and bumped. Occasional brownstaining, otherwise in good condition. Provenance: engr. bookplate of George R. Elliot on front pastedown; later in the library of the Indian-born surgeon Charles Marsh Beadnell (1872-1947; his ownership on flyleaf).