Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 71 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Rāg Darpan by Faqīr Allāh

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: حمد وسپاس بی قیاس مر آفریدکاری را که
Explicit: این ید راز می شد بنابرین ذکرایشان مختصر تموده که بسبب مر طول ملالت پی ابد
Colophon: تمت تمام شد با حمد

This short manuscript is partially a Persian translation, completed by Faqīr Allāh, of a fifteenth century Sanskrit work entited 'Man Kautuhal', written under the patronage of Mānasiṃha (Man Singh Tomar) (d.1516AD). The second half of the work is an original contribution to Indian musical theory and history by Faqīr Allāh.

Author: Faqīr Allāh

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thick white woven paper.
Extent: ff.iii+29+ii
Dimensions (leaf): 225 × 200 mm.
Dimensions (written): 160 × 115 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Manuscript in excellent condition. Binding suffered some damage.



Fair black ink nastaʿlīq



On f1r, Jones has written a collection notice: "To complete the collection of Tracts on Musick: Shemsu'laswat / Sengit Derpent (both from Lac'hnau) / Alshafa of Abu Ali Sina".


Paper and board binding. Green and pink marbled paper covers binding. White endpapers.

Accompanying Material


Origin: 1700 - 1792 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.56-7 no. LXXI


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