Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 16 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Ḥabīb al-Siyar.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Persian history and biography, completed in 930/1524 (in ten volumes). This manuscript contains that portion of the work dealing with the biography of the Prophet.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.98-102 [BL Add. 23508, etc]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.105
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.114, no. 57 [Camb. Oo. 6.12]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 294 folios (according to a note on flyleaf).
Dimensions (leaf): 21.2 × 15.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Lacks some leaves of the table of contents after f.1. First few folios have been repaired (first is remounted).


17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Begins as nastaʿlīq but later is wild. Scribe: Anonymous.


Signs of collation.


Reddish brown plain leather, European style. Plain European paper doublures. Watermark on lower doublure ("G.R." with horned crown). Dimensions: 22 × 16 × 4.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 44.


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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