Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 191(5) (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: 1 Dhū al-Qaʿdah (yr 6) 1006 / 5 Jun 1598 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: 1006 would correspond to year 44 of Akbar.

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. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 26.1 × 14.6 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18.2 × 9.6 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Remargined throughout.


28 lines per page.

Ff.1v-2r: ruled in gold with a dark blue outer (on new margin); thereafter ruled in doube red with a blue outer (on the new margins which also have a blue frame).


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh in gold and blue with pink, red, light blue and bright green.


Plain brown leather, Indian style. Plain paper doublures. Decorations: The spine is embossed: "Rauzat al-Safa vol. 5". Dimensions: 26.5 × 15 × 3.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 478.


Origin: 1 Dhū al-Qaʿdah (yr 6) 1006 AH; 5 Jun 1598 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


    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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