Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 118 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian

Urdu translation of Saʿdī's Gulistān


1 copy of Gulistān by Saʿdī

Language(s): Urdu

Title: Gulistān
Author: Saʿdī سعدی

An Urdu translation of Saʿdī's Gulistān.

No 96 in J.F. Blumhardt, Catalogue of the Hindi, Panjabi and Hindustani manuscripts in the Library of the British Museum. London, 1899

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Very thin cream coloured woven paper.
Extent: ff. i+167+ii
Dimensions (leaf): 235 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (written): 180 × 90 mm.

European numerals in pencil; only the final folio is numerated.


The textblock is in excellent condition, suffering only from minor discolouration around the edge of the pages. However, the binding has come almost completely loose from the folios.


Neat layout of eleven lines in one column per page.


Very near black nastaʿlīq.



On the endpaper before f1r, Jones has written: "W. Jones: The Gulistān literally and coarsely translated into Hindustani"


Brown leather and board binding which has suffered some visible worm damage with gilded pattern around the edge.

Accompanying Material


Origin: 1700 - 1792 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

RSPA 1-118 were presented to the Royal Society in January 1792 by Sir William and Lady Jones. According to Wilkins, this manuscript was presented by Sir William 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. 76 no. CXVIII


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