Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 75 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian

Persian translation of the Rāmāyana


1 copy of Rāmāyana

Language(s): Persian

Title: Rāmāyana
Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم. بر ضمائر ارباب بصائر مخفی نماند
Explicit: تدار داد متم و از هر خودی خودت راست و از هر بردگی برد کتد منم اقام عالم گوناگون او
Colophon: تمت تمام شد تم تم تم

The translation is Persian prose.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Strong white woven paper.
Extent: ff.vii+444+ix
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 200 mm.
Dimensions (written): 160 × 120 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Excellent condition. Minor worm damage around the spine.



Neat black ink nastaʿlīq.



On f0v, Jones has written "The Rāmāyan of Vālmīci, the oldest Indian poet. Mr. Barlow has a very old copy of the original with the comment".


Brown suede leather binding with 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.58 no.LXXV


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