Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 70 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Shams al-Aṣvāt by Ras Baras

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: قول اول که عبارتست از حمد مخصوص حکیمی مطلق
Explicit: نموده منباجات حضرت رب الارض والسموات اختتام کرد
Colophon: تمت هذه النسخه المسماه شمس الاصوات بخط العاصی اضعف العباد فتحعلی ولد شیخ مهرالله الموطن فی قصبه دادری حسب الفرمایش معارف و حقائق اکاه مجموعه کمالات صوری ومعنوی هادی فضلان ضلالت کردن حضدت خواجه شمس الدین مد الله ظلال عاطفته علی معارف المریدین والمعصین بتاریخ بیست و نهم شهر شعبان سنه ۱۲۰۰ من هجره النبی صلی الله علیه وآله و اصحابه و اتباعه اجمعین

This manuscript is bound with MS RSPA 177, a copy of a commentary on Ibn al-Ḥājib's Kāfiyyah. This first text was donated as part of the Ashburner collection.

The scribe signs himself as Fatḥʿalī, the son of Mihr Allāh, a shaykh from the town of Dadrī in modern Uttar Pradesh.

The text itself was composed in 1109AH. This copy dates from 1200AH, during the time that Jones was present in India.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thin white woven paper.
Extent: ff.li+27+iv
Dimensions (leaf): 230 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (written): 160 × 90 mm.

European numerals in pencil and Perso-Arabic numerals in red ink.


F5 is loose. Otherwise good condition.



Neat, but thick and cramped, black ink nastaʿlīq.



There are very occasional scribal marginal notes.


Standard India Office half leather binding with wine-coloured marbled endpapers. Bound together with MS RSPA 177.

Accompanying Material


Origin: 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. 56 no. LXX


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