Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 61 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Anvār-i Suhaylī by Ḥusayn Vāʿiẓ Kāshifī

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: حضرت حکیم علی الاطلاق جلت حکمته
Explicit: چونکه بدپتچا بر ساندم کلام *** به که کنم حثم سخن والیلام
Colophon: تمت هذا الکتاب مسمی بانوار السهیل بعون الله الوهاب بخط محمد سعید

The scribe signs himself as Muḥammad Saʿīd.

On f0v, Jones writes out a list of some poets and works: Firdawsī (Khākāwī), Rūmī, Saʿadī ʿUrfī, Jāmī, Khusraw, Anvarī, Ṣāʾib, Ḥāfiẓ, Niẓāmī, Anvarī Suhaylī, Ẓafar-nāmah. All of these, he says, he possesses except for the Khākāwī; originally, he had also not owned the Ẓafar-nāmah but this is crossed out (presumably after he purchasd it, see MS RSPA 7)

On f1v, Jones signs his name with a title page listing work name and author.

On f219v and f220r, there is Devanagari script (possibly Sanskrit) in Jones's hand and ink.

The manuscript, like several others in the collection, bears the seal of Aẓhar Khān Sayyid ʿAlī (dated 1201AH).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thick cream woven paper.
Extent: ff.iv+220+iv
Dimensions (leaf): 270 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written): 220 × 100 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Excellent condition.



Neat, thick, black ink nastaʿlīq with rubrications.



There are annotations and marginal comments in Persian by one non scribal hand. There are also lots of marginal comments by Jones.


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

Accompanying Material


Origin: 1700 - 1787 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

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

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. 54 no. LXI


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