Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 137(2) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Ḥayāt al-Ḥayawān (“Book of Animals” in Persian translation).
Translator: Anonymous
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Mawżaʿ Pūrah Date: Sunday, 25 Jumādā I 1200 / 26 Mar 1786 Scribe: Ḥāfiẓ Muḥammad Saʿādat Allāh Khān Jalsīrī حافظ محمد سعادت الله خان جلسيرى .

Colophon further notes: The same scribe penned King's 249 and King's 67.

Note concerning manuscript: The text begins just after the start of bab al-ṭāʾ (continued from the previous part).


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.138; GAL Supp. II.171
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.3 p.442
An English translation in 2 vols. By Lieut.-Col A.S.G. Jayarkar was published at Bombay and London in 1906-8.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 300 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.9 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18.5 × 10.7 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


13 lines per page.

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


Marbled paper on suede with suede corners and spine, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: "J. WHATMAN"). Dimensions: 24.4 × 15.8 × 4.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 328.


Origin: Mawżaʿ Pūrah; Sunday, 25 Jumādā I 1200 AH; 26 Mar 1786 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


    Work in multiple volumes bearing the class-marks: 137(1), 137(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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