Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 115 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tuḥfat al-ʿIrāqayn.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Friday, Jumādā I, 1072 / Jan 1662 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Ff.1v-6r: a prose preface after which the text is entirely verse in two columns. A quality manuscript.

Note concerning work: See http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/katm-al-garaeb for information on the work and the earliest manuscripts.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.560 [BL Add 25018]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.484, no.574 [Bodl. Ouseley 69]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 V.2 p.394

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 150 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 16.8 × 10.1 cm.
Dimensions (written): 12.8 × 6 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


14 lines per page.

Ruled in gold, double black, red with a blue outer. 2 columns separated by black-outlined gold.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: the seal of Polier (1181). Final page: seal below colophon. Initial folios of verse: the margins are filled with comments (also interlinear comments).


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 17.3 × 10.2 × 2.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 168.


Origin: Friday, Jumādā I, 1072 AH; Jan 1662 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


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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