Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 105(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Futūḥ.
Title: Futūḥ
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: On box: 105(1).

Note concerning work: The Arabic original is not known to exist, and the book is only known through the Persian version made in 596/1199 by Muḥammad al-Mustawfī al-Ḥirawī.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.151-2 [BL Add 23495]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.71, no.126 [Bodl. Fraser 111]
Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.516
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.209

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 338 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 27.4 × 19.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21.2 × 13.2 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Worming. Repairs to some wormholes. Repairs to the margins at the start and the end.


25 lines per page.

Ruled in double red. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Quality: Poor. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: a very simple decorated sarlauh (in red ink).


Flyleaf: a note dated 1138. F.1r: six seals with numerous notes.


Brown leather binding, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 28 × 19.2 × 5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 155.


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: 105(1), 105(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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