King's Pote 108 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Colophon details: Date: 2 Shawwāl 980 / 5 Feb 1573 Scribe: Anonymous.
Note concerning work: A general history, composed in 717/1317-18.
20 lines per page.
Ruled in blue with a red outer. Rubrications in red. Red overlining for proper names,.
Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Legible. Scribe: Anonymous.
Flyleaf: covered in inspection notes of the Mughal court (dates: year 4, year 32, year 19) and a circular seal dated 109(7) of Qābil Khān connected to ʿĀlamgīr (r. 1068-1119 / 1658-1707). For his seal of 1097 and his role in the Mughal royal library see p.255 of J. Seyller, "The Inspection and Valuation of Manuscripts in the Imperial Mughal Library", Artibus Asiae, Vol. 57 (1997). F.1r: two circular seals erased and a note dated 1090. Final page: a circular seal alongside the colophon is illegible.
A few marks of ṣaḥḥa with corrections in the original hand.
Brown leather, Indian style. Decorations: Gold inlaid decoration: a border, corners, turanj and two pendants. Condition: The spine is torn. Dimensions: 24.3 × 17 × 2.8 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 149.
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