Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 156 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Khulāṣat al-Tawārīkh.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: A general history of India from the earliest times to the accession of ʿĀlamgīr, compiled in 1107/1695-6.


Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.455
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.454 (author also known as Sujān Singh Munshī)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 376 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.6 × 15.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Water damage.


21 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: shikasta. Scribe: Anonymous.


Marbled paper on suede, European style. Plain European paper doublures (watermarked). Dimensions: 25.2 × 16 × 5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 367.


Origin: Undated.

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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