Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 195 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Rāg-darpan (Persian translation). 1 copy of Nishāṭ Ārā.
1. ff.1-32
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 1076 / 1665-6 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Persian translation of a Sanskrit treatise on Indian music.


Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.1120, no. 2017 [BL IO Islamic 1937]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.1065, no. 1847 [Bodl. Ouseley 224]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.3 p.416
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.138
2. ff.33-36
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 32 + 6 = 38 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.2 × 18.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.1 × 11.1 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Neat. Scribe: Anonymous.


Marbled paper on suede with a suede spine, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked). Dimensions: 22.4 × 19 × 0.9 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 458.


Origin: 1076 AH; 1665-6 CE 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

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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