King's Pote 12 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Colophon further notes: The internal colophon on f.322v is dated (at the end of the fourth treatise). 12 Jumādā II year 34 of unnamed ruler (if Akbar, 996; if Aurangzeb, 1101) / (if Akbar, 1588; if Aurangzeb 1690). The scribe is named in internal colophon f.167v (the end of the second work). The third work is in the hand of Sayyid Asad Allāh.
Note concerning manuscript: Contains 5 treatises in multiple hands: 1st: ff.1v-f.48v; 2nd: ff.49v-167v; 3rd: ff.169v-207v; 4th: ff.209v-322v (with dated colophon); 5th: ff.323v-391v.
Note concerning work: An epistolary manual composed in 719/1319.
23 lines per page.
Ruled in double red with a blue outer and a wider frame in single blue. Rubrications in red.
F.1r: Polier's seal (1181) and various inspection notes in shikasta and naskh (Shah ʿĀlamgīr, Shāhjahān, etc, but in same hand; variously dated: 16 Ṣafar, year 1 of Shāh Jahān II, i.e .1131; 19 Shaʿbān year 27, Muḥammad Shāhī, i.e 1157; 14 Ramaḍān, year 28, Muḥammad Shāhī, i.e. 1158; 9 Rajab, yr 1, Aḥmad Shāhī, i.e 1161; 12 Rabi' II, year 3 of ʿĀlamgīr II, i.e. 1169; 15 Jumādā II, year 3 of Shāh ʿĀlam, i.e. 1175.
Signs of collation.
Brown leather, European style. European paper doublures. Dimensions: 28.5 × 17 × 4.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 21.
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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