Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 163 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Dīvān Salīm Tihrānī.

Note concerning author: Salīm of Tihrān was one of the poet's of Shāhjahān.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 10 Rabīʿ I 1081 / 28 Jul 1670 Scribe: Anonymous.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.660a [BL Add. 7786]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.690, no.1112 [Bodl. Elliot 252]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.429

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 350 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.8 × 11.9 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 8.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Water damage throughout.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: five erased seals.


Brown leather with a lighter brown spine, Indian style. Dark leather doublures. Decorations: Doublures: metal inlaid central turanj with silver rulings. Condition: The doublures are torn at the corners. Dimensions: 20.8 × 11.5 × 5.1 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 396.


Origin: 10 Rabīʿ I 1081 AH; 28 Jul 1670 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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