Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 127 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Jāmiʿ-i ʿAbbāsī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Contains only 5 of the 20 chapters.

Note concerning work: A manual of Shīʿa law.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.25-6 [BL Add. 23578]
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.405, no. 326 [Camb. Add. 242 (Lewis M)]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 140 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.5 × 12.0 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18.5 × 8.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


19 lines per page.

Ruled in double red (with gold on f.1v). Rubrications in red.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Multiple changes of pen if not of hand. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: Indian illuminated sarlauh (mainly gold and blue).


Collation notes.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. Marbled paper doublures. Decorations: Pressure molded turanj and two pendants with a painted silver border. Dimensions: 23.2 × 11.8 × 1.8 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 284.


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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