Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 189 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Ẕakhīrat al-Mulūk.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Delhi Date: 22 Jumādā I 1030 / 14 Apr 1621 Scribe: Anonymous.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.447 [BL Add. 7618]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 235 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.1 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 7.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Marginal repairs at the start and the end.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red and blue. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: the seal of Polier (1181) and five notes. F.1v: a long note above the bismillah (concerning the author who died in 688).


Plain reddish brown leather, Indian style. Plain paper doublures. Condition: The spine is coming away from the text block. The text block is split at f.9. Dimensions: 22 × 14.2 × 3.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 451.


Origin: Delhi; 22 Jumādā I 1030 AH; 14 Apr 1621 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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