Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 124 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mathnavīyāt (seven of them).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Flyleaf: a table of contents with letters used for page numbers ( siyaq ). . Foliated as ff.648-772 since this is the 4th part of the Divan, written and bound in four parts. The first part is in Eton Pote 317 (ff.1-94); the second part is in King's Pote 188 (ff.95-559); the third part is in Eton Pote 435 (ff.560-647).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.372, p.715-7 [BL Add. 16728 and BL Or. 322]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.722, no. 1185 [Bodl. Ouseley 24 (same seven mathnavis)]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.184 (his Kulliyat)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 123 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 30.5 × 18 cm.
Dimensions (written): 22 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Foliated (648-772).


15 lines per page.

Not ruled (in two columns). Catchwords.


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


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: "C. TAYLOR"). Dimensions: 31 × 18 × 2.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 901.


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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