Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 154 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of selections from the Khamsa of Niẓāmī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 20 Ramaḍān 1140 / 30 Apr 1728 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Begins with a table of contents.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.564 et seqq. [BL Add 7729]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 V.2 p.459
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.303, no. 211 [Camb. Oo. 6.11]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 100 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 16.2 × 10 cm.
Dimensions (written): 12.5 × 6.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


12 lines per page.

Not ruled. (2 columns per page). Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Quality: Good. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: the seal of Polier (1181).


Plain red leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Condition: Paper of doublure has separated. Dimensions: 16.5 × 10 × 1.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 366.


Origin: 20 Ramaḍān 1140 AH; 30 Apr 1728 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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