Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 51 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Kulliyāt-i ʿUrfī by Muḥammad ʿUrfī Shīrāzī

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: ای متاع درد در بازار جان انداخته
Explicit: شمع جمال خویش که دانا دوش... جمال خویش

Due to wear-and-tear, parts of the manuscript are illegible, including a part of the explicit.

The manuscript is made up of different sections, occasionally with individual headpieces (e.g. f86v, f272v, f299v). Ff1-85r, qaṣīdahs; ff86v-213, ghazals followed by rubāʿiyyāt until f227r; between f227v and f272r, Majmūʿ al-Akbar; Kitāb-i Khusraw va Shīrīn ff272v-285v; between ff286v-298v, muqaṭṭaʿāt; ff299v-303v prose. The manuscript ends abruptly in the middle of one of these prose pieces.

There are several seals on the title pages of the individual sections (e.g. f85v-86r, f286r) before the new headpieces. All of these have been effaced or have faded away into total illegibility.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Dark cream woven paper.
Extent: ff.1v-330v
Dimensions (leaf): 145 × 95 mm.
Dimensions (written): 95 × 50 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Supports and guards. Considerable damage and discolouration.



Neat but minute black ink nastaʿlīq script.



On f1r, Jones has written, "W Jones. Bought at Calcutta, 12th November 1783, 20Rs"


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

Accompanying Material


Origin: 17th century CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

RSPA 1-118 were presented to the Royal Society in January 1792 by Sir William and Lady Jones. Wilkins did not note which of them presented this manuscript to the Royal Society.

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. LI


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