Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 47 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Dīvān-i Jāmī by ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Jāmī

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم *** هست صلاح بر خوان کریم
Explicit: چه خوش با در کاشانه غم *** دو همدم درد دل گویند باهم

This manuscript includes both parts of Jāmī's first dīvān.

The ghazals begin on f60r; the muqaṭṭaʿāt begin on f294r; the rubāʿiyyāt begin on f297v.

On f1r, there are five seals. Only one of these remains at all legible, that of (Ṣ?)amnat Khān, dated 1130AH (1717-8).

On f0r, Jones notes that the manuscript was a gift from Francis Gladwin on the 5th November 1783.

There is a blue and gold headpiece on f1v that is designed to evoke the Kaʿbah.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thick brown woven paper.
Extent: ff.i+358+iv
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (written): 165 × 75 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Extensive worm damage has been mostly repaired.



Elegant and thin black ink nastaʿlīq.


Gilded ruled margins.


On f0r and f0v, Jones has written out a title page and contents, listing the subject of the first 36 odes.


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

Accompanying Material


Origin: 24_Jumādā al-Awwal_972 AH; 28 December 1564 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.41 no.XLVII


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