Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 177 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


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

Colophon details: Date: Friday, 30 Ramaḍān 1186 / 25 Dec 1772 Scribe: Faẓl Allāh ibn Muḥammad Shafīʿ فضل الله ولد محمد شفيع .


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.692 [BL Or. 300]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.696, no. 1127 [Bodl. Walker 46]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.151

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Papers of different colours: cream to light ochre.
Extent: c. 100 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 10.9 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


15 lines per page.

Nor ruled. Catchwords.


Gold diamonds (gold paper) applied to f.1, f.2r, f.3v, and f.4v.


F.1r: the seal of Polier (and start of the work). Each recto has Yā rabb written at the top.


Plain dark brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 18.4 × 10.7 × 1.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 400.


Origin: Friday, 30 Ramaḍān 1186 AH; 25 Dec 1772 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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