Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 18 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Sharḥ-i Zīj-i Jadid-i Sulṭānī by ʿAbd al-ʿAlī Ibn-Muḥammad al-Birjandī

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم. ااجناس حمد وستایش معرا از توهم تناهشی وانواع شکر بی قیاس مبرا تخیل تباهی مقدسی را سزد
Explicit: وچون اهل احکام را در ترتیب امازیر مبدل فصول وادوار اعتقاد تمام شت انرا براو کردیم والله اعلم تمت تمام شد
Colophon: تم تمام شد کتاب بعون الملک الوهاب شرح زیج میرزا الغ بیگ از دست فقیر الحقیر اضعف عباد الله خاک ساز فیض الله روز جمعه بتاریخ هشتم ماه صفر ختم الله بالخیر والظفر سنه ۱۰۷۶

The scribe's name is Fīz̤ Allāh.

There are diagrams, tables and other illustrations throughout the manuscript.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Brown woven paper.
Extent: ff.ii+249+ii
Dimensions (leaf): 275 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written): 190 × 105 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Good condition. Repaired worm damage. Supports and guards.



Neat black nastaʿlīq with rubrications.



Folio 65 is added into the manuscript. It is a folio of sums and doodles and a table presumably illustrating some of the contents of the textblock.


Standard India Office half leather binding with wine coloured marbled endpapers.

Accompanying Material


Origin: 8_Ṣafar_1076 AH; 20 August 1665 CE ; Lahore, Pakistan

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. 17 no. XVIII


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