Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 134 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Jaẕb al-Qulūb ilā Diyār al-Maḥbūb. (Persian abridgement of al-Samhūdī’s work on al-Madīna, Wafāʾ al-Wafāʾ, or Khulāṣat al-Wafā).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: 2nd flyeaf: a table of contents.

Note concerning work: Persian abridgement of al-Samhūdī’s monograph on Medina.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.1055a [BL Or. 2059/29]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.378, no. 720 [BL IO Islamic 785]
Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.173-4; GAL Supp. II.223
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.7

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Pink paper.
Extent: 270 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.5 × 12 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 8.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Significant worm damage. Also water damage. Some repairs to worm damage.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: two seals (one with a Qur'anic verse dated 1127; the other dated 1134, ʿAlī Khān Muḥyī al-dīn).

Marks of collation.


Marbled paper on leather with leather spine, Indian style. Plain paper doublures. Condition: Worm damage. Dimensions: 20.5 × 11.5 × 3.3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 285.


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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