Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 76 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian

Persian translation of Bhagavad Gītā


1 copy of Gītā

Language(s): Persian

Title: Gītā
Title: گیتا
Incipit: این نسخۀ گیتا که در انکشاف سرایر
Explicit: مر آورده در کام خلق از جن زنجیت یکرپا مگر بین
Colophon: تمت تمام شد

According to Rieu's catalogue, the translator was called Abū al-Faẕl.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Strong burnished white paper
Extent: ff.ix+34+viii
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 190 mm.
Dimensions (written): 165 × 125 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Excellent condition.



Neat black nastaʿlīq.



Jones has made pencil annotations in both Persian script and Devanagari script, as well as notes about the number of couplets in the text passim throughout the manuscript.


Multicoloured marbled paper and board binding

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. LXXVI


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