Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 102(2) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


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

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Although it is not stated the scribe is very likely the scribe of volume 1, i.e. Imām Bakhsh (fl. 1783) and the date c.1784 in Lucknow.

Note concerning manuscript: Begins with a table of contents with page numbers. Very large format with large lettering. On box: 102(2).

Note concerning work: A general history of India from the earliest times to 1005/1606-7.


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: 308 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: Anonymous.


Dark brown leather, European style with gold inlay. Plain paper doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj, two pendants and corner pieces. Dimensions: 47 × 31.5 × 5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 158.


Origin: Undated.

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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