Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 192(2) (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: 27 Jumada II (yr 6 ʿĀlamgīr, i.e. Aurangzeb) 1172 / 25 Feb 1759 Scribe: Sayyid Muḥammad Bāqir Ḥusaynī سيد محمد باقر حسينى .

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. 350 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.4 × 15 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.5 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Sayyid Muḥammad Bāqir Ḥusaynī سيد محمد باقر حسينى.


F.1r: three seals (Mīr Abū ʿAlī Khān Bahādur, 1174; Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥusaynī, 1176) with notes.


Marbled paper on suede with a suede spine, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked). Dimensions: 26 × 15.3 × 5.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 477.


Origin: 27 Jumada II (yr 6 ʿĀlamgīr, i.e. Aurangzeb) 1172 AH; 25 Feb 1759 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: 192(1), 192(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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