Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 132 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Jawhar-i Ṣamṣām.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The date in the colophon (1153/1740-1) appears to be the date of composition.

Note concerning work: A history of Nādir Shāh’s campaigns in India, with an account of the successors of Awrangzīb. Composed in 1153/1740-1.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.941 [BL Or. 1898]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.325; I.1 p.614
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.329

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 120 Folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.2 × 19.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 11.6 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


15 lines per page.

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


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Light tan suede, European style. Doublures: plain paper (watermarked: horned crown). Dimensions: 22.8 × 19.5 × 1.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 290.


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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