King's Pote 104 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.
Colophon further notes: A seal on the final page is dated 1066 so the manuscript must have been copied prior to that.
Note concerning work: Persian history and biography, completed in 930/1524 (in ten volumes). This manuscript contains part 3 of the third, dealing with the history of Timur.
21 lines per page.
Only the first quarter is ruled, in double red with a black outer. Rubrications in red.
Script: naskh. Quality: The second half is in bad nastaʿlīq . Scribe: Anonymous.
Flyleaf: the seal of Polier (1181). F.1r: two seals, one hexagonal (Aqal al-ʿibād ʿind-Allāh Qubād...) and one circular. Final page: three seals (of which two are identical to the hexagonal seal on f.1r, and the other is dated 1066); also a pair of notes, dated 1071 and 1073.
Reddish brown leather, Indian style. Marbled paper doublures. Decorations: Pressure moulded turanj and two pendants (which originally contained inlay; floral patterns). A painted silver frame. Condition: The spine is badly damaged. The upper board and much of the spine is detached from the text block. Dimensions: 26.8 × 17 × 6.8 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 192.
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.
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Funding of Cataloguing
King's College Cambridge