Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 112 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of al-Kashkūl by al-ʿĀmilī, Bahāʼ al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ḥusayn

Language(s): Arabic & Persian

On certain folios, there are large sections of space between the text, e.g. f.145r, or in one section around which the text is written, e.g. f.139r.

On f.1r, there is a golden circle inside which Jones has written "Caschūl: an Arabick Miscellany by Bahaʾu 'ddin al-ʿAamili"

On f.Iv, Jones has written "al-Ṣaḥīfah al-Kāmilah" (in Arabic script) and underneath written "An elegant moral work in Arabick". On f.IIv, he has noted that "The al-Khalāʾ, by the same author, [was] seen at Lucnow by Ahmed". It is unclear who Ahmed was, but presumably he was personally known to Jones.

In the colophon on f.238v, there is a section of text which has been effaced, which presumably included the copyist's name.

Explicit: يقولون لولا الهجر لم يطب الحب وان قلت ماذا قالت مجئته حياتك ذنب لايقاس به ذنب.
Incipit: الحمد لله الواحد المعين وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وآله أجمعين.
Colophon: تم المجلد الخامس من الكشكول بعون الله وحسن توفيقه في يوم الاربعاى تاريخ الاولى شهر جمادى الثاني سنة تسع وسبعون بعد الألف من الهجرة...من البلبات الوفوي.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Strong, brown, woven paper.
Extent: ff iv+238+iv
Dimensions (leaf): 330 × 200 mm.
Dimensions (written): 250 × 130 mm.

European numerals in pencil. Perso-Arabic numerals in pen.


Very good condition.



Very neat black naskh script with red rubrications.


The initial page of each of the five volumes in this manuscript are extensively decorated. The paper is gilded with a floral design and the blue and gold headpieces show a series of concentric gold and blue boxes with three gold and blue cuppolas above.

Where the scribe adds an additional comment to the margin, it is written within a triangle that is bordered by the same gilded border as the main textbox.


Jones has occasionally highlighted sections (sometimes extensively, see ff.16-7) using curly brackets and underlining. Very occasionally he transliterates words (e.g. f.117v), notes the metre of a poem (e.g. f.122r) or notes the name of the poet (e.g. f.108r, on which he notes the poetry of Ibn al-Fāriḍ, or f.131r, on which he notes "Khansā, an Arabian poetess").

There is at least one other hand which writes very few marginal comments in Arabic that is not the hand of the scribe.

Catchwords are present on every folio.


Standard India Office half-leather (maroon/brown coloured) binding.

Accompanying Material


Origin: 1_Jumādā 'l-Thānī_1079 AH; 1 November 1668 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

RSPA 1-118 were presented to the Royal Society in January 1792 by Sir William and Lady Jones.

The Royal Society's collection of 280 Persian and Arabic, and 86 Sanskrit manuscripts were transferred to the India Office Library in 1876.


India Office Library

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on E. Denison Ross and E. G. Browne, Catalogue of two collections of Persian and Arabic manuscripts preserved in the India Office Library (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1902), p. 73 no. CXII


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