Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 19 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Tuḥfat al-Muʾminīn by Muḥammad Muʾmīn ibn Muḥammad Zamān al-Tunakābunī

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم. سبحانک اللهم با قدوس ویا طبیب النفوس
Explicit: شش حبـۀ در خواه بود وآن چهار دانک ونیم درهم است
Colophon: بعون الله وحسن توقفیقه تمام شد کتاب تحفة المؤمنین بتاریخ دوازدهم شهر محرم الحرام سنه یکهزار ویکصد وپنجاه هجری تحریر یافت

The manuscript consists of the first part of the text. There are five chapters, beginning on f3v, f7v, f15v, f493r and f504v respectively.

There is a seal on f1r bearing the legend "Aẓḥar Khān Sayyid ʿAlī 1201" above which are the words "al-Malik wa-l-Qābiḍ" in Arabic. This seal is also found on several other manuscripts in this collection.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Strong cream woven paper.
Extent: ff.ii+508+iv
Dimensions (leaf): 255 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written): 195 × 105 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Excellent condition. Minor worm damage. Some stains.



Very neat nastaʿlīq script. Black ink with rubrications.



There are marginal comments across the entirety of the manuscript, all of which appear to be in the same hand as the scribe.


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

Accompanying Material


Origin: 12_Muḥarram_1150 AH; 7 May 1737 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

RSPA 1-118 were presented to the Royal Society in January 1792 by Sir William and Lady Jones. 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. 17-8 no. XIX


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