Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 112(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tārīkh-i Alfī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Volume 1.

Note concerning work: The history in this pair of manuscripts (which should come down to 1000/1592) is incomplete, ending with the death of Tīmūr in 708/1308-9.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.117 [BL Add. 16681]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.39, no. 110 [BL IO Islamic 836]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.45, no.99 [Bodl. Ouseley 339-341 (said to be by Ahmad Tatawi then Asafkhan then Bada'uni)]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.121
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.19 (a work of this title by 'Abd al-Qadir Bada'uni and others)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 590 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 37.1 × 25.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 27 × 15.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


25 lines per page.

Not ruled.


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


Flyleaf: erased seal with note. F.1r: the seal of Polier.


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: A tooled frame. The spine is embossed: "Tarikh-i Alfi. King's College Cambridge Ms. Pote 112.1". Dimensions: 37.2 × 25.2 × 10 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: unknown.


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


    Work in multiple volumes bearing the class-marks: 112(1), 112(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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