Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 109 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mirāt-i Jahān-namā.

Note concerning author: The editor was the author's brother. The author died in 1094/1683.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Marshall (Mughals, p.105) describes this as "an extremely rare general history of the world".


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.890 [BL Or. 1998]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.49, no. 126 [BL IO Islamic 1497 (Mirʾāt-i Jahānnumā; extremely rare); see also BL Or. 11777 with title Mirʾāt-i Jahān nāmah]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.133
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.106; p.334; p.339

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 500 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 28.9 × 21.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 23 × 15 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Numerous repairs to the margins.


22 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications.


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


Inserted into the flyleaves: a note in English, which reads: Mirat i-Jahan Numa by Muḥammad Baqā Sahārānpūrī.



Marbled paper on suede with a suede spine and corners. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 30 × 21.2 × 6 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 150.


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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