Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 104 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Ḥabīb al-Siyar.
Language(s): Persian

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.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.98-102 [BL Add. 23508, etc]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.105
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.114, no. 57 [Camb. Oo. 6.12]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 500 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 26.7 × 18 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 12 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Bad water damage, particularly at the start and the end. Some margins have been repaired.


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.


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

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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