Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 181 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Dīvān Yūsuf Bayg Shāmlū.

Note concerning author: A relative of Ḥasan Khān Shāmlū, alive in the time of Shah Ṭāhmāsp.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Malwa Date: 3 Muḥarram 1061 / 27 Dec 1650 Scribe: Muḥammad Riz̤ā Bakhshī محمد رضا بخشى .

Colophon further notes: A final note in the hand of the scribe state: "573 bayts".


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 19 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.4 × 8.9 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 5.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


19 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Script: shikasta. Quality: Beautiful. Scribe: Muḥammad Riz̤ā Bakhshī محمد رضا بخشى.


F.1r: inspection notes and seals mostly smudged but two are legible (one is Arshad Khān, attached to ʿĀlamgīr; a similar seal is found in King's 233; another related seal appears in King's 190 and King's 78). One note says the scribe is the pupil of Āqā Shāfiʿ Isfahānī. Another note is dated 28 Ramaḍān year 5 (probably of ʿĀlamgīr, i.e. 1072/1662; the note is with the seal of Arshad Khān) recording the transfer of the ms from one person to another.


Marbled paper on cardboard. Plain cardboard doublures. A long narrow pamphlet. Condition: Some pages are coming away from the binding. Dimensions: 21.4 × 8.9 × 0.4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 410.


Origin: Malwa; 3 Muḥarram 1061 AH; 27 Dec 1650 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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