Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 3 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Ashiʿat al-Lamaʿāt fī sharḥ al-mishkāt by ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq ibn Sayf al-Dīn al-Dihlavī

Language(s): Persian & Arabic

A table of contents has been added at the start of the text in a very different hand. The script is large black ink naskh and it is in Arabic. The text stops before Kitāb al-Buyūʿ.

Incipit: الحمد لله اکمل الحمد علی کل حال وفی کل حین.
Explicit: نماز است درین یقعه شریفیه که حکم عمره وحج دار رواه البخاری

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thick brown woven paper.
Extent: ff.xii+613+iv
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 180 mm.
Dimensions (written): 200 × 100 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Good condition. Minor worm damage. Supports and guards.



Small nastaʿlīq script.



There are some marginal comments in both the scribal hand and (at least) one other hand.

Inspection notes dated from regnal year 41 (1697) of Aurangzeb to regnal year 1 probably of Bahadur Shah (1707).


Standard India Office half leather binding.


Circular seal of Muḥammad Ṣāliḥ houseborn of ʿĀlamgīr bādshāh ghāzī, 1115 (1704-5.

Accompanying Material


Origin: 1600 - 1697 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 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.2 no.III


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