Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 55 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian

Miscellaneous Anthology


Language(s): Persian

The manuscript is a large miscellany of different Persian works, inlcuding: works by ʿUrfī ff1-20v and ff83r-86v, works by Niʿmat Khān ʿAlī ff23v-53r, Ḥāfiẓ ff284r-300r, Ẓuhūrī ff300r-315r and others. A detailed breakdown can be found in the printed catalogue.

There is a table of contents on f0.

Author: ʿUrfī

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Range of different coloured papers.
Extent: ff.iii+463+iv
Dimensions (leaf): 255 × 180 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Generally good condition. Binding has come away at spine. Supports and guards.


Mixed layout depending on section.


Black ink nastaʿlīq with rubrications. All in one hand.




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

Accompanying Material


Origin: 1600 - 1792 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

RSPA 1-118 were presented to the Royal Society in January 1792 by Sir William and 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.47-51 no. LV


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