Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 53 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Bahrām va Gulandām by Amīn al-Dīn Muḥammad Ṣāfī

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم. اجازت کردم ازسر افراز *** کنم لین قصة جان پرور آغاز
Explicit: کنون از شیصد پائین وجیم است *** ز سال عمر من بگذشت سیم است
Colophon: تمت الکتاب بهرام و گلندام

Denison Ross and Browne provide a detailed account of the contents of this poem and the various other versions of the story which are known.

On f1r, Jones has written the title page, "Bahram and Gulendam: a Poem".

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Very thin white woven paper.
Extent: ff.iii+92+ii
Dimensions (leaf): 260 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written): 170 × 90 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Good condition. Some worm damage.



Neat black nastaʿlīq.




Red leather European-style Indian binding with a gold floral frieze pattern around the edge.

Accompanying Material


Origin: 1700 - 1792 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. 45-6 no. LIII


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