Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 102(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Gulshān-i Ibrāhīm.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Lucknow Date: Rabīʿ II, 1198 / Feb-Mar 1784 Scribe: Imām Bakhsh امام بخش .

Colophon further notes: (the same scribe penned King's 73 and Eton 292(1)).

Note concerning manuscript: Begins with a table of contents with page numbers. Very large format with large lettering. On box: 102(1).

Note concerning work: A general history of India from the earliest times to 1005/1606-7. Polier's friend Jonathan Scott translated "Ferishta's History of the Dekkan" (1794).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.225-8 [BL Add 6569 – BL Add 6571]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.447 (1198H)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.145
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) nos. 82-3, pp.155-7 [Camb. Oo.6.18, Camb. Add. 2623]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 243 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 46.2 × 31.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 39 × 22 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Most folios have creases from having been folded in half along the long side prior to use.


25 lines per page.

Ruled in red, yellow, blue and black. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Quality: Good, large lettering (1.25 cm per line). Scribe: Imām Bakhsh امام بخش.


Dark brown leather, European style with gold inlay. Plain paper doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj and two pendants, corner pieces. Condition: Some of the gold inlay is damaged or has been lost. The edge of the upper board is badly torn. Dimensions: 47 × 31.5 × 4 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 158.


Origin: Lucknow; Rabīʿ II, 1198 AH; Feb-Mar 1784 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: 102(1), 102(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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