Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 122 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Sāqī-nāmah.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: A note at the end in another hand is dated 15 Ṣafar, year 2 of Muḥammad Shāh (i.e. 1132/1720).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.742 [BL Add. 16852]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.868, no.1586 [IO Islamic 321]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Several folios are on pinkish paper.
Extent: 313 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.4 × 11.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 7 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in yellow with a black outer. In two columns. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Neat. Scribe: Anonymous.


Silver sprinkled textblocks throughout.


F.1r: the seal of Polier (1181).


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: "I.V."). Dimensions: 22 × 11.5 × 3.3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 975.


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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