Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 138(4) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


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

Colophon details: Date: Saturday, Shaʿbān 1077 / Feb 1667 Scribe: Amīr ʿAbd al-Jalīl ibn Mīr Jangīh امير عبد الجليل بن مير جنگيه .

Note concerning manuscript: Contains not volume 4 but volume 3, parts 1-2. An internal colophon around half way through states this is the end of the 1st section of the 3rd volume. The final colophon states this is the end of the second section of the 3rd volume.

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 (1077H)
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: c. 250 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 29 × 18.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20 × 12 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


20-22 lines per page.

Ruled in a single red line. Rubrications in red (but left blank in second part).


F.1r: the seal of Polier (1181) and a note stating it contains sections of the 3rd volume.


Dark brown plain leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Condition: The spine has disintegrated, leaving only the cords. Dimensions: 29.5 × 18.5 × 4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 7+.


Origin: Saturday, Shaʿbān 1077 AH; Feb 1667 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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