Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 188 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Dīvān Ḥazīn.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: This ms, foliated ff.95-559, is the second part of four in the same hand and format including: Eton Pote 317 (first part, ff.1-94); Eton Pote 435 (third part, ff.560-647); King's Pote 124 (fourth part, ff.648-772).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.715-7 [BL Or. 322]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.928, no. 1712 [BL IO Islamic 903]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.721, no. 1184 [Bodl. Elliot 213 (kulliyat - ghazals begin as in King's Pote 188)]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.184

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 464 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 29.9 × 17.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 22.5 × 12 cm.
Foliation: Foliated (begins at f.95).


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Plain reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked). Decorations: The spine is embossed: "Book of Odes by Muhammed Ali Khazen". Dimensions: 30.6 × 18.2 × 6.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 901.


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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