Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 130 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Javāhir al-Ṣanāyiʿ.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 1195 / 1781 Scribe: ʿAbd al-Razzāq Kātib عبد الرزاق .

Colophon further notes: The same scribe penned King's 131 and possibly is the scribe ʿAbd al-Razzāq Sihālawī who penned a number of mss in Lucknow in 1782-3 which are all now in the Bodleian: Ouseley 53, Ouseley 166, and possibly Ouseley 51-2, 170, 171, 73, 175, 184 and 185].

Note concerning manuscript: It is quite possible the scribe ʿAbd al-Razzāq is not only the scribe of both King's 130 and King's 131 (each in 1781) but also of Bodleian S. Digby Or. 102 (1 year later).

Note concerning work: An encyclopaedia of arts.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.489-90 [BL Add 17960]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.3 p.429 (1195H)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 100 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 19.5 × 10.6 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14.8 × 6.8 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a black outer. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Neat. Scribe: ʿAbd al-Razzāq Kātib عبد الرزاق.


Plain reddish brown leather, European style. Doublures: plain paper. Dimensions: 20 × 10.8 × 1.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 287.


Origin: 1195 AH; 1781 CE

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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