Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 125 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Chirāgh-i Hidāyat.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Mīr Shukr Allāh مير شكر الله .

Colophon further notes: Sunday, 25 Rajab, year 4 of some reign.

Note concerning work: Explanations of phrases used by contemporary poets like Ṣāʾib, Waḥshī, etc, and forming a supplement to the same author’s dictionary entitled Sirāj al-Lugha.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.501 [BL OR. 264]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 III.1 p.39
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.82

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 200 Folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.8 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 10.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


14 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications.


Script: shikasta. Scribe: Mīr Shukr Allāh مير شكر الله.


Signs of collation.


Marbled paper on leather. Plain paper doublures. Condition: Damage to the edges of the boards. Dimensions: 23.5 × 15.5 × 3.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 286.


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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