Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 1 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Irshād al-Sālikīn.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 27 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1081 / 7 May 1671 Scribe: Nūr Muḥammad ibn Ghulām Ḥusayn, known as Qurayshī Multānī نور محمد بن غلام حسين .

Colophon further notes: A note after the colophon is dated 23 Ramaḍān year (11)43.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 400 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 28.7 × 17.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21.6 × 11.6 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


21 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer (also green on first opening, ff.1v-2r). Red rubrications. Catchwords.


F.1v: a decorated sarlauh in yellow, purple, red, green and blue.


F.1r: two seals and various notes. One of those seals is repeated on f.2r and four times on the final folio. Flyleaf: an English note with details of the quire collation (as in many other volumes of the Pote collection). This is signed H.B. 19 February 1861. This must be Henry Bradshaw (d.1886) who was a Fellow of King's from 1853. He was Superintendent of Manuscripts at the University Library from 1859 to 1867 and would become University Librarian in 1867. He maintained a particular interest in the oriental collections.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj, 2 pendants and corner pieces. Condition: The gold inlay (paper) is coming away or entirely lost in places. Dimensions: 29 × 17.4 × 5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 18.


Origin: 27 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1081 AH; 7 May 1671 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

The "Pote Collection" arrived in England from India in 1790 and was divided between the Colleges of Eton and King's, Cambridge, with the first half alphabetically going to King's. Both halves of the collection are now housed in Cambridge University Library on permanent loan. Most if not all of the manuscripts had previously been owned by Colonel Antoine-Louis Henri Polier (1741–1795).

Gift of Edward Ephraim Pote (d.1832) in 1788.

Record Sources


All manuscripts of the Pote Collection are on permanent loan at Cambridge University Library. Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card for admissions procedures consult Cambridge University Library. Contact near_eastern@lib.cam.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge



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