Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 67* (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


Seventh volume of Bustān-i Khayāl

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: که از وقت بنای ظلم برای راه
Explicit: هر ساکن در بغلش

This is the seventh in a series of seven volumes of the Bustān-i Khayāl in the Jones collection.

There is a loose folio before the beginning of the textblock, which has a list of texts and authors under the subheadings "In Murshidābād" and "in ʿAẓīmābād". Onthis, Jones has written "The four marked * are now the only books wanted by Kāsim".

He has also annotated this page "charming Persian tales".

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thin, white, woven paper.
Extent: ff.iii229+i
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 160 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Serious worm damage.



Fine black nastaʿlīq with rubrications




Red leather European-style Indian binding.

Accompanying Material


Origin: 1770 - 1792 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

RSPA 1-118 were presented to the Royal Society in January 1792 by Sir William and Lady Jones. These manuscripts were 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.55 no. LXII-LXVII*


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