Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 114 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tārīkh-i Guzīdah (“the Select History”).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Ff.309-332 (end of the manuscript): in a later hand.

Note concerning work: A manual of general history.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.80-82 [BL Add. 22693]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.83
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.172
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.101, no. 40 [Camb. Dd. 10.13]
Facsimile edition and translation in the “E.J. Gibb Memorial Series”, vols xiv,1 and xiv,2.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 332 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 26.4 × 16.6 cm.
Dimensions (written): 24 × 13 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Script: shikasta. Quality: Poor. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: the seal of Polier (1181) with a note in red ink.


Brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Decorations: The spine is embossed: "Tarikh Khozideh by Cazvini". Dimensions: 27 × 16.6 × 5.3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 160.


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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