Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 108 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Rawz̤at Ūlī al-Albāb.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 2 Shawwāl 980 / 5 Feb 1573 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: A general history, composed in 717/1317-18.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.79-80 [BL Add. 7626]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.79 (980H)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 162 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.6 × 17.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17.5 × 12.3 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Moderate worm damage. Most folios have marginal repairs.


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.


Origin: 2 Shawwāl 980 AH; 5 Feb 1573 CE

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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