Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 17 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Naubāvah (“First Fruits”).

Note concerning author: Abū al-Barakāt Munīr Lahurī was son of ʿAbd al-Majd Multānī.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Shaykh Karam Allāh شيخ كرم الله .

Colophon further notes: F.68v: an undated colophon.

Note concerning work: A collection of letters compiled at Jawnpūr in 1051/1641-2. Another copy is listed in the catalogue of Aligarh Muslim University, p. 197, entry #887 (H.G. 50/244) - see https://www.amu.ac.in/pdf/amulib/HG_V1_Pt2.pdf.


Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.148, no. 2078 [BL IO Islamic 426]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.354; p.558

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 70 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23 × 13.4 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Shaykh Karam Allāh شيخ كرم الله.


Suede, European style. Plain European paper doublures, watermarked (mark of C. TAYLOR). Dimensions: 23.5 × 13.5 × 1.4 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 35.


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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