Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 97 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Sukkurdān al-sulṭān by Ibn Abī Ḥajalah

Language(s): Arabic

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم وهو حسبي ونغم الوكيل الحمد لله الذي انطق الطير بجكمته.
Explicit: ما احمر شفق الأصيل ودب *** سواد عارضه الاسمر بخده الاسيل
Colophon: وافق الفراغ من هذه التسخة ليلة الاثنين المباركه ليلة ساىس عشرين رجب الخير من شهور سنة واحد وثمانين وألف من الخجرة النبوية على صاحيها أفضل الصلاة والسلام

On f1r, Jones has written a note stating that this text was "for the press" indicating a desire to publish it, perhaps.

There are ownership notes on f1r and f98r.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Strong light brown woven paper.
Extent: ff.iii+98+iv
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 180 mm.
Dimensions (written): 145 × 100 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Extensive worm damage throughout. Supports and guards.



Very neat black naskh with rubrications.



There are some marginal notes in the scribal hand and occasional highlighting by Jones.


Standard India Office half leather binding with wine coloured marbled endpapers.

Accompanying Material


Origin: 26_Rajab_1081 AH; 9 December 1670 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. 66 no. XCVII


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