Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 178 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Dīvān Fiṭrat.

Note concerning author: Browne mentioned an earlier poet who wrote under the same name but died earlier, c. 1060/1650. That man's Dīvān is in BL IO Islamic 255.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 1096 / 1685 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: A chronogram for 1096 is included in the poetry on the final page.


Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.852, no.1560 [BL IO Islamic 255]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.1130, no.1993 [Ms. Pers. d.11]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.358

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 150 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.3 × 15.9 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Worm damage. Repairs to the margins and to worm holes.


13 lines per page.

Nor ruled. Catchwords.


Script: shikasta. Scribe: Anonymous.


Marginal notes.


Plain reddish brown leathe, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked). Dimensions: 22.7 × 16 × 2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 403.


Origin: 1096 AH; 1685 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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