I can’t read Urdu very well (yet!?) – can anyone quickly identify what this is? Advertisement? Prayer? Something else? It is printed opposite of the table of contents of an edition of the Al-Hilal magazine, Calcutta.
I found this in the Ames Library back in Minnesota, after hearing about the famous hand-written Musalman newspaper. Since then, I’ve discovered that a countless number books and magazines were (and still are) hand written and then reproduced using lithography. Nastaʿlīq is an especially difficult script to try to modularize and break down into typeface-happy pieces.
One interesting modern approach is Tasmeem – a stroke-based writing system. Here’s the wiki page about it!
Image info: Weekly Al-Hilal, Calcutta, Vol. I, (1981?) Chief editor Abul Kalam Azad. Published by Al-Hilal Academy, Lahore, Pakistan.