Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 121 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mathnavī.
Title: Mathnavī
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Akbarābād Date: Monday, 24 Rabīʿ I, yr 13 of Aurangzeb i.e. 1081 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: A high quality codex in terms of book production but only contains the first half (books 1-3).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.584-593 [BL Add. 27263]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 484 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 11 × 9.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 11.5 × 5.9 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


14 lines per page.

Ruled in green, bright red, gold and lapis. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: a very fine sarlauh in gold and lapis with multi-coloured flowers. All pages have glistening gold floral drawings within gold framed margins. The text block throughout has been generously sprinkled with gold.


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid, turanj, 2 pendants and a border of cartouches. Dimensions: 20.3 × 11.5 × 4.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 977.


Origin: Akbarābād; Monday, 24 Rabīʿ I, yr 13 of Aurangzeb i.e. 1081 AH

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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