Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 98 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of al-Tārīkh al-Yamīnī by Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-Jabbār al-ʻUtbī

Language(s): Arabic

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم. الحمد لله الظاهر بآياته
Explicit: سارا الى اتستوا متقيين حر الفضب وم ركب الاميران كتافهما

This is a fragment of al-ʿUtbī's larger history of Maḥmūd al-Ghaznī.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Laminated woven paper.
Extent: ff.ii+37+iv
Dimensions (leaf): 250 × 200 mm.
Dimensions (written): 165 × 100 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Extensive worm damage throughout manuscript. Supports and guards.



Neat black ink nastaʿlīq with rubrications.



Some marginal notes throughout. Ownership notes on f1r.


Standard India Office half leather binding with wine coloured marbled 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.66 no.XCVIII


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