<p style='text-align: justify;'>This illustrated New Persian metrical translation of the Pahlavi Middle Persian text <i>Ardāvirāfnāmah</i> (Book of Ardā Virāf) by Zartusht Bahrām Pazhdū (fl. 1278) recounts the visions of Vīrāf (or Wīrāz in Pahlavi) during a dream-like journey to the afterlife. Comprised of two parts, the first relates the rewards of the virtuous in paradise while the second longer part highlights punishments meted out in hell for various sins in a manner that presages the <i>Divine Comedy</i> of Dante Alighieri (d. 1321). Completed in 1789 by a Parsi scribe known as 'Patvārī' in Navsari, a preeminent centre for the Zoroastrian faith in India, when British surgeon Samuel Guise, who acquired this volume, served in nearby Surat.</p>
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