King's Pote 110 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Colophon details: Place: Unknown (probably not Constantinople - this appears only in the colophon reproduced from the original) Date: c.1019 / 1610-11 Scribe: Muṣṭafā مصطفى (not, as Browne says, Kabīr ibn Uways b. Muḥammad Laṭīfī, who is the translator).
Colophon further notes: F.210v (volume 1) is undated so the date is approximated from that given in volume 2.
Note concerning manuscript: Browne was wrong to say part 1 is the autograph - it reproduces a colophon from the autograph. Both parts are in the same hand and second is dated 1019.
Note concerning work: The preface says the work was translated from Arabic into Persian at the command of the Ottoman ruler, Sultan Selim. Tehran, Majles 538 is catalogued as part 1, with the date 926H, the same year as this so-called autograph. Once again that date appears in a colophon that is a copy of the translator's original colophon. However, Topkapi Ahmed III 2986 (264 ff.) is dated 1521 (927H) so that could be the true autograph.
Note concerning manuscript: Volume 2 bound with volume 1.
21 lines per page.
Ruled in red. Red rubrications.
F.1v: an illuminated heading ( sarlauh ) in gold and blue with a burgundy border around a rectangular panel.
The manuscript contains marginal notes in red. F.200 et. seq.: many interlinear notes and notes in the margins.
Brown leather with lighter tan corners and spine, European style. Plain European paper doublures. Decorations: The spine is embossed: "Tarjuma Ibn Khaqan" and "King's College Cambridge Ms. Pote 110". Condition: Good. Dimensions: 21.2 × 13.8 × 5.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 145 (?).
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