Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 68 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Majmaʿ al-Ṣanāʾiʿ by Niẓām al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad Ṣāliḥ al-Ṣiddīqī al-Ḥusaynī Jiyūyī

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: الحمد لله الذی انعم علینا وهدانا الی الاسلام
Explicit: قوالان راهش خواند و امروز تانه است بعیش و غیر تکررا شد
Colophon: لله الحمد وامد که نواع وآرهم دف بانجام رسیدوختام کشید این صحیفه نامی ورساله کرامی بی شتایشان ... بتاریخ ستدویم شهر ربیع الثانی سنه ۱۱۲۸ تحریر موافق سنه از جلوس همایون شاه خشم جاه خلیقه روی زمین محمد فرخ سیر عالم گیر ثانی خلد الیه ملک سلطانه در بلده دار الخلافه شاهجهان.

On f35v, there is a poem written transversely down the page in leaf formation and on f36r there are two four by four cubes with words inside, presumably diagramtic illustrations of Persian prosody.

The colophon is extremely long and details the history of the text and the completion of this manuscript itself.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thin and heavily creased cream woven paper.
Extent: ff.v+96+v
Dimensions (leaf): 230 × 145 mm.
Dimensions (written): 160 × 85 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


The first few and final few folios have been severely damaged and later repaired.



Very messy nīm-shikastah script in black ink with rubrications.



Jones has made very occasional marginal comments and highlights in pencil. There are also marginal comments in at least one Persian hand.


Black leather European-style binding with embossed mandorla design and floral marginal patterning.

Accompanying Material


Origin: 16_Rabīʿ al-Thānī_1128 AH; 9 April 1716 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.55 no.LXVIII


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