Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 77 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian

Persian translation of the Shīva-Uparpurāṇa


1 copy of Shīva Purāna

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم. حمد بی حد و ثنا بی عد مر قادر مطلق ودادار بر حق را
Explicit: کین پوران از کلک من اتمام یافت *** تدعای خاطرم انجام یافت
Colophon: باتمام رسید نسخۀ شیوا پورانه نضیف اضعف العباد کسن سنکه منکل بتاریخ دهم شعبان تمام شد

The date given is only month and day (10th Shaʿbān) with no year given.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Strong burnished white paper.
Extent: ff.vii+118+7
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 190 mm.
Dimensions (written): 165 × 125 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Excellent condition.



Neat black nastaʿlīq.



Very occasional annotations in Jones' hand throughout the manuscript.


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.59 no.LXXVII


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