Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 151 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: The "Garden of Truth", a collection of poems by Sanāʼī with a prose introduction entitled Mirʾāt al-Ḥadāʾiq and a running commentary by ʻAbd al-Laṭīf ʻAbbāsī (d.1639 or 1640) known as Laṭāyif al-ḥadāyiq.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 14 Rabīʿ I 1102 / 16 Dec 1690 Scribe: Saʿd Allāh Ibrāhīm-ābādī سعد الله ابراهيم آبادى .

Colophon further notes: Copied from a copy of the original ms of Shaykh ʿAbd al-Laṭīf.

Note concerning manuscript: A high quality manuscript in terms of production, textual content and provenance.

Note concerning work: Composed in 524-5/1130-1.

ff. 1-7
Title: Mirʾāt al-Ḥadāʾiq
Title: مرآت الحدائق
Title: Introduction to Ḥadīqat al-Ḥaqīqat

First preface ending with a note stating the title and author and the date of it's composition and copying as 1038.

ff. 7v-13r
Title: fihrist
Title: Table of contents

with folio numbers, created by the same hand who wrote the Preface

f. 13
Title: Poem

a note saying this is not found in many manuscript but is added here.

ff. 14v-18v
Title: Second preface, about commentary

f. 18v. completed 1040.

ff. 19r
Title: Note by ʻAbd al-Laṭīf introducing the preface by Sanāʼī.
ff. 19v-26v
Title: Preface of Sanāʼī with interlinear commentary by ʻAbd al-Laṭīf.
ff. 27r-30r
Title: fihrist

Another detailed table of contents

in red with folio numbers in black.

ff. 32v-456
Title: Laṭāyif al-ḥadāyiq
Title: لطاىف الحداىق
Title: Commentary on the Ḥadīqat al-Ḥaqīqat
Language(s): Persian


Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 V.2 p.530 (1102H)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.15 (commentary Laṭāyif al-ḥadāyiq)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Chickpea coloured paper, well-burnished.
Extent: 456 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.9 × 15 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18.0 × 7.9 cm.
Foliation: Foliated with Roman numerals throughout and with Persian numerals in red only in the main text (starting on f.32, marked in red f.1). The final folio (f.456) is marked f.425 in red.


Moderate worm damage and staining. The first few folios and some later have been repaired.


19 - 21 lines per page.

The prefaces are not ruled. The main text is ruled in sparkling gold with a lapis outer. Red rubrications.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Quality: Beautiful. (Qur’anic verses are in naskh. The hand of the main text seems to be the same as that of earlier parts of the codex.). Scribe: Saʿd Allāh Ibrāhīm-ābādī سعد الله ابراهيم آبادى.


Illuminated heading ( sarlauh ) at start of main text (f.32v).


Marginal comments throughout (mostly marked لط – presumably for ʿAbd al-Laṭīf).


Dark red leather. Doublures: reddish plain leather. Decorations: Pressure moulded designs. A rectangular frame containing floral designs; a central turanj with 2 pendants above and 2 below, and corner pieces, all decorated with flowers (the inner pendants contain inscriptions: عاقبت بخير باد). The upper and lower boards are identical. The doublures have silver rulings. Dimensions: 25.8 × 14.3 × 4.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 322.


Origin: 14 Rabīʿ I 1102 AH; 16 Dec 1690 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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