Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 123 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Ḥikāyat Warqā wa Gulshāh.
Language(s): Turkish

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Incomplete so there is no colophon.

Note concerning work: There is another poem with the same title by the more celebrated Masīḥī; see BMTC, p.209a and Gibb’s History of Ottoman Poetry, iii, 107. See also de Blois, Persian Literature - A Bio-Bibliographical Survey vol. 5, pp.72-5, especially p.75, footnote 1.


Catalogue of the Turkish manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1888) p.185b

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 180 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.8 × 16.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Partially foliated.


Bad water damage throughout.


19 lines per page.

Not ruled (in three columns with additional text of 12 lines on the diagonal in the margins). Dark red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Low quality. Scribe: Anonymous.


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


Plain brown leather, Indian style. Plain orange paper doublures. Condition: The spine is damaged. Dimensions: 25.3 × 17 × 3.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 974.


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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