King's Pote 152 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
21 lines per page.
Ruled in green, orange, gold, light brown with a blue outer.
F.1r: full-page illustration with illuminated margin (possibly half of a frontispiece) - the faces of figures have been erased. In notes held in the King's Archive (attached to a letter dated 16.4.1951), Basil Robinson estimates the style "is that of about 1580". F.1v: Indian illuminated sarlauh. Ff.1v-2r: interlinear gold. Each of the masnavis (including the two parts of the Iskandar-nāmah) begins in the same way, with a sarlauh and an opening decorated with interlinear gold (except in one case).
Flyleaf: the seal of Polier (1181).
Red and brown leather, Indian style (with weak cords). Marbled paper doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj, two pendants and corner pieces. Dimensions: 26.8 × 17.7 × 5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 363.
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.
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Funding of Cataloguing
King's College Cambridge