Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 175 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


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

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: 27 Jumādā II, year 10 (meaning perhaps 1010 or year 10 of some reign).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.554 et seqq. [BL Add. 25019]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.471, no.543 [Bodl. Laud 133]
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.298, no. 205 [Camb. Oo. 6.27]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 350 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 27.1 × 15.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20 × 9.3 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


19 lines per page.

Ff.1v-2r: ruled in green and gold with a black outer. Thereafter ruled in double red with a blue outer. 2 columns (verse) ruled in red. Catchwords.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh in gold, red, white, green.


F.1r: an erased seal.


Brown leather binding, Indian style, with an envelope flap. Marbled paper doublures, similarly the inside of the flap. Decorations: Inlaid turanj, two pendants and corner pieces. The flap has a lozenge and two corner pieces with a plain spine. Condition: The spine is torn and separated from the text block. Dimensions: 27 × 15.2 × 5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 391.


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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