Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 167 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Dīvān Khāqānī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.


Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.480, no.561 [Bodl. Elliot 74]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 V.2 p.388
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.300, no. 208 [Camb. Oo. 6.28]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 300 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 26.9 × 15 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20.5 × 8.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Repairs to margins and to worm holes.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. 2 columns (verse). Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Many marginal and interlinear notes (sometimes signed by Mulla "12").


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 27.5 × 16.3 × 4.1 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 395(+).


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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