Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 44 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Dīvān-i Qāsim Anvār by Qāsim Anvār

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم. ای صبح سعادت زجبین تو هویدا *** این حسن چه حسن است تقدس وتعالا
Explicit: قاسم از فراق تو روان کرد ویادم *** بیداب سرسک مره از چشم کهر بار

Dennison Ross and Brown say that this manuscript had 193 folios, four more than are currently there. These final four folios contained poetry in Turkish and Gīlānī. These folios are missing.

On f1r, Jones has written "W. Jones Bought at Calcutta 4th November, 1783 for 6R and 8A"

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Very thin brown woven paper.
Extent: ff.ii+188+iv
Dimensions (leaf): 190 × 130 mm.
Dimensions (written): 150 × 75 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Extensive discoloration and worm damage.



Very rough nastaʿlīq script which frequently omits diacritical marks.




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

Accompanying Material


Origin: 1700 - 1783 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.31-2 no.XLIV


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