Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 72 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Tarjumah-'i Pārjātak by Mīrzā Rawshan Ẕamīr

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: سرود اثر آمود و اثر سرود نمود زمزمۀ حمد
Explicit: تمایند وعیب وهنر این کتاب را میزان بخند
Colophon: تمام شد ترجمۀ کتاب پارجاتک وقت بهر روز سه سنبه بتاریخ پانزدهم شهر شعبان المعظم سنه ۳۱ جلوس معلی مطابق سنه ۱۰۹۹ هجری تحریر یافت

This is a Persian translation of a Sanskrit work on music, completed during the reign of ʿĀlam-gīr.

On f0r, Jones has written "The Parchetuk of Ghobul on Indian Musick translated from the Thanimi by Rōshan Zameen in the reign of Aurangzeb"

Tables and diagrams passim throughout manuscript (e.g. ff54-6).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Strong light brown woven paper.
Extent: ff.xv+87+iii
Dimensions (leaf): 295 × 185 mm.
Dimensions (written): 225 × 100 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Fine condition. Extensive worm damage, largely repaired. Supports and guards. Some discoloration.



Standard black ink nastaʿlīq.



Jones has written copious annotations across the text, most of which are translations of chapter headings or translations of short phrases.


Standard India Office half leather binding with wine coloured marbled endpapers. Bound together with MS RSPA 185, Kitāb-i ḥasan-i ʿishq dar ʿilm-i taṣavvuf, part of the Ashburner collection.

Accompanying Material


Origin: 15_Shaʿbān_1099 AH; 15 June 1688 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

RSPA 1-118 were presented to the Royal Society in January 1792 by Sir William and 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.57 no. LXXII


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