Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 192(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Rawz̤at al-Aḥbāb fī Siyar al-Nabī va al-Āl va al-Aṣḥāb.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The three colophons are all undated.

Note concerning manuscript: There are internal colophons on f.417v (after which there is a change of hand) and around 50 folios from the end so the codex is divided into 3 parts.

Note concerning work: Biography of the Prophet Muḥammad and his family and companions.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.146 [BL Add. 23498]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.64, no. 145 [BL IO Islamic 1703]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.75, no. 131 [Bodl. Caps. B.6]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.191 (1172H)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 417 + c. 250 = c. 667 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 26.3 × 17 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 11.5 cm.
Foliation: Partially foliated.


Worming. Many marginal repairs.


19 lines per page.

Ff.1v-2r: ruled in gold with a dark blue outer; openings with second and third sarlauh s: ruled in red-outlined gold with a blue outer; remainder ruled in double red with a blue outer.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Change of hand after f.417. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh, in gold, blue and bright green. F.418v (the start of the second part): an illuminated sarlauh, in gold, blue and bright green (apparently made up of sections from other manuscripts) Around fifty folios from the end: an illuminated sarlauh in gold blue and dull red.


F.1r: a note about the work and the author.

Signs of collation.


Brown leather, European style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Inlaid gold turanj, two pendants and corner pieces. Condition: Both boards are detached or close to it. Dimensions: 26.4 × 16.7 × 8.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 477.


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: 192(1), 192(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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