Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 187 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Dānish-nāmah-yi Jahān.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 5 Jumādā II 1137 / 19 Feb 1725 Scribe: Muḥammad ʿĀrif محمد عارف .

Colophon further notes: A note below the colophon names the scribe and states the manuscript was commissioned by Sulṭān Qulī Khān.

Note concerning work: A Persian encyclopaedia of sciences.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.439b [BL Add. 16829]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 189 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 18.5 × 10.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13.5 × 6.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


14 lines per page.

Not ruled. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Muḥammad ʿĀrif محمد عارف.


Plain reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 19.3 × 10.7 × 2.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 384.


Origin: 5 Jumādā II 1137 AH; 19 Feb 1725 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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