Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 191(4) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


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

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

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


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. 300 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.5 × 15.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19.6 × 10.7 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Worm damage. The first four folios and the final three were supplied in another hand. Marginal repairs.


21 lines per page.

Except for first 4 folios and final 3 (in another hand) ruled in yellow, black, red and blue.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Inliad turanj and two pendants. The spine is embossed: "Rauzat al-Safa vol. 4". Condition: The binding is loose. Dimensions: 25.6 × 15.7 × 5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 478.


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


    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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