Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 191(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection

Contents

Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Rawz̤at al-Ṣafā.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 10 Muḥarram 1003 / 25 Sep 1594 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Persian history and biography, completed in 930/1524 (in ten volumes).

References

Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.87-96 [BL Add. 16672]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.292

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 250 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 27.9 × 16.1 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21.4 × 10.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.

Condition

Repairs to the margins at start and finish.

Layout

31 lines per page.

Ff.1v-2r: ruled in gold and blue; thereafter ruled in double red with a blue outer. Red rubrications. Catchwords.

Hand(s)

Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.

Decoration

F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh in gold, blue, white, bright green.

Additions:

Signs of collation.

Binding

Dark brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Inlaid turanj, two pendants and corner pieces. A border painted in silver. The spine is embossed: "Rauzat al-Safa vol. 1". Dimensions: 27.9 × 16.4 × 3.8 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 478.

History

Origin: 10 Muḥarram 1003 AH; 25 Sep 1594 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

Availability

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

Bibliography

    Work in multiple volumes bearing the class-marks: 191(1), 191(2), 191(3), 191(4), 191(5), 191(6), 191(7).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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