Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 48 (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. حقه لعل تو از جوهر جان ساخته اند *** کام هر خسته دران حقه نهان ساختع اند
Explicit: در هر چه زدم مست ز غم قرا شود *** دست از همه یاز داشتم اشودم

This manuscript contains the second half of the second part of Jāmī's first Dīvān.

Colophon: تمت الکتاب بعون الملک الوهاب فی شهور محرم الحرام سنه اربع وثمانین و تسعمایه

Four miniatures on f1r, f25r, f35r and f72r.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Very strong brown woven paper.
Extent: ff.ii+115+ii
Dimensions (leaf): 236 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written): 180 × 90 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Excellent condition. Miniatures suffered some minor damage.



Very elegant nastaʿlīq script in black ink.


Ornamental margins on some folios. Multi-colour floral pattern.


Jones has very occasionally highlighted sections using his characteristic curly brackets and stars.


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

Accompanying Material


Origin: Muḥarram_984 AH; April 1576 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.41-2 no.XLVIII


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