Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 110 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection

Contents

Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Wafayāt al-Aʿyān (Persian translation). 1 copy of Wafayāt al-Aʿyān (Persian translation).
1. ff.1v-208r
Language(s): Persian

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.

References

Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.328; GAL Supp. I.561
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.2 p.1168
Lexicon bibliographicum et encyclopædicum, G. Flügel (1835-8) (Ḥājjī Khalīfa, Kashf al-Zunūn), vol.6, p.455
2. ff.211v-422v
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 1019 / 1610-11 Scribe: Muṣṭafā مصطفى .

Colophon further notes: F.422v. The scribe is NOT, as Browne says, Kabīr ibn Uways b. Muḥammad Laṭīfī, who is the original translator.

Note concerning manuscript: Volume 2 bound with volume 1.

References

Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.328; GAL Supp. I.561
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.2 p.1168 (repeats info on autograph, etc).
Lexicon bibliographicum et encyclopædicum, G. Flügel (1835-8) (Ḥājjī Khalīfa, Kashf al-Zunūn), vol.6, p.455

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Burnished; visible laid lines and chain lines; watermark visible (e.g. f.89).
Extent: 422 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.3 × 13 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.2 × 7.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.

Condition

Some worm damage. Ff. 208-9 (between volumes) were apparently cut out.

Layout

21 lines per page.

Ruled in red. Red rubrications.

Hand(s)

Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Muṣṭafā مصطفى (not, as Browne says, Kabīr ibn Uways b. Muḥammad Laṭīfī, who is the translator).

Decoration

F.1v: an illuminated heading ( sarlauh ) in gold and blue with a burgundy border around a rectangular panel.

Additions:

The manuscript contains marginal notes in red. F.200 et. seq.: many interlinear notes and notes in the margins.

Binding

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 (?).

History

Origin: Unknown (probably not Constantinople - this appears only in the colophon reproduced from the original); c.1019 AH; 1610-11 CE; 1019 AH; 1610-11 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

Availability

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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