Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 60 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Bahār-i Dānish by ʿInāyat Allāh Kanbū Lāhūrī

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: فاتحۀ کتاب مستطاب آفرینش و پیرانۀ صحیفۀ دانش
Explicit: زبان را کوستمال خاموشی ده *** که هست از هر چه کوهی هاموشی به
Colophon: الله الحمز تمام شد این کتاب فیض تصاب روز چهار شنبه نوزدهم ذیقعده سنه ۱۱۹۷ از جمله تسخهای باستعجال اگر سهونی مرایدجای عفوات اللهم اغفر لنا تم تم تم

On f1v next to the headpiece, Jones has written "Behār-i Dānesh W Jones".

There is an ornate blue, red and gold headpiece on f1v. The floral design is red inside the three gilded cupolas with blue patterning below and blue vines drawn above.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Light cream woven paper with red textbox margins.
Extent: ff.ii+355+iv
Dimensions (leaf): 225 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (written): 160 × 80 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Good condition. Supports and guards.



Neat and elegant black ink nastaʿlīq.



Jones has occasionally highlighted sections of the text with curly brackets. There are marginal notes in the scribal hand throughout the manuscript.


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

Accompanying Material


Origin: 19_Dhū 'l-Qaʿdah_1197 AH; 16 October 1783 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. no.


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