Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 138(3) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Ḥabīb al-Siyar.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Ahmadnagar Date: Start of Ramaḍān, 966 / 1558-9 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The colophon on f.446 containing this date is in a different hand. The colophon states the manuscript was copied in the court for Khwājah Sulṭān Ḥasan Sabzavārī.

Note concerning manuscript: Contains all 4 parts of volume 3.

Note concerning work: Persian history and biography, completed in 930/1524 (in ten volumes).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.98-102 [BL Add. 23508, etc]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.105 (966H)
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.114, no. 57 [Camb. Oo. 6.12]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 446 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 27.7 × 19 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21 × 14 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Liquid and worm damage. The first 8 folios have marginal repairs (similarly the final few folios). Repairs to worm damage elsewhere.


27 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


European style reddish brown leather. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 28.5 × 19.2 × 6.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 7.


Origin: Ahmadnagar; Start of Ramaḍān, 966 AH; 1558-9 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: 138(1), 138(2), 138(3), 138(4).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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