Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 182 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Dānish-ārāy.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Shīvnāhih شيوناهه .

Colophon further notes: There are notes in red ink to the side of the colophon.

Note concerning work: A collection of stories in prose and verse compiled in 1159/1746.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 255 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23 × 15.4 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


13 lines per page.

Ruled on f.1v only: gold with 2 black outers. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: shikasta. Quality: Very poor. Scribe: Shīvnāhih شيوناهه.


F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh in gold and dark blue with multi-coloured flowers.


2nd flyleaf: two pages of poetry (in shikasta). There are also 2 pages of poetry by Ṣāʾib after the colophon (in the hand of the scribe).


Marbled paper on cardboard, plain leather spine, Indian style with an envelope flap (similar plain leather spine). Dark chickpea coloured plain paper doublures. Condition: The flap is detached. Dimensions: 22.8 × 15.2 × 3.3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 383.


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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