Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 100(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Taysīr (“the Facilitation” - a Persian commentary on the Ṣaḥīḥ of al-Bukhārī.

Note concerning author: The commentator's father was a famous author and hadith scholar: ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq b. Sayf al-dīn al-Dihlavī, author of King's 18 and translator of King's 134.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Beginning of Shawwāl 1055 / Nov 1645 Scribe: Anonymous.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.223-4 (for information on the author’s father) [BL Add. 26210]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.383

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 500 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 31.9 × 19.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 26 × 13.9 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Water damage. Marginal repairs.


25 lines per page.

Ruled in orange within two black lines. Rubrications in red.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Signs of collation.

Notes concerning codex: Volumes 1 and 2 together cover around 1/2 of the original text.


Plain reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: "C. TAYLOR"). Dimensions: 33 × 20.5 × 6.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 191.


Origin: Beginning of Shawwāl 1055 AH; Nov 1645 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


    Work in multiple volumes bearing the class-marks: 100(1), 100(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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