Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 185 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Dah Majlis (“Ten Seances”).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Recitations for the month of Muḥarram on the martyrdom of the Imāms, etc.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.155b [BL Add. 25853]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.213
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.122, no. 66 [Camb. Add. 423]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 150 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 28.5 × 17 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21.8 × 10.2 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


14 lines per page.

Ff.1v-2r: ruled in gold blue and red; thereafter ruled in double red with a blue outer. Also a marginal frame in red. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh in gold blue and red.


Flyleaf: a quatrain with a symbol made up of letters in red ink. A note in English explains: "On the face of the everlasting writing. Inverted is written the name of the two ʿAlī's inverted, one lām two ʿayn s with 2 s inverted, being the eyebrow, eye and nose in clear writing". F.1r: a note gives the name ʿIbād Allāh (possibly the same person whose seal appears on numerous Pote manuscripts).


Reddish brown leather, Indian style with an envelope flap. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Pressure moulded turanj with two pendants. A lozenge on the flap. Dimensions: 28.7 × 17.2 × 2.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 388.


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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