Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 15 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Akhlāq-i Muḥsinī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Before 989 / before 1581 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: A chronogram on the final folio indicates the date of completion of the work: 900/1494-5. The date 989 (1581) was added later after an erased section.

Note concerning manuscript: Ff.5-6: table of contents with page-numbered entries.


Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.192
A hand-list of the Muḥammadan manuscripts, including all those written in the Arabic character, preserved in the Library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1900) pp.4-5 [Camb. Add.748, Add.3194/1, Add.1168/2]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 145 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.8 × 13 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 8.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Original first page has been remounted. Ff.2-4 have been replaced.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.129: a circular seal in the margin (the slave of the court, Sayyid Jalāl b. Sayyid Ḥusayn).


Marbled paper on cardboard with dark brown spine. Plain paper doublures. Condition: Water damage. Dimensions: 22.8 × 13.2 × 2.2 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 11.


Origin: Before 989 AH; before 1581 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

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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