Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 203 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Risāla fī Kayfīyat al-Ḥukm ʿAlā Taḥāwīl Sinī al-ʿĀlim. 1 copy of Risāla dar Istikhrāj-i Taqvīm al-Zīj-i Muntakhab.
1. ff.1v-79r
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 1020 / 1611-2 Scribe: Muḥammad Sharīf ibn Sulṭān Muḥammad Multānī محمد شريف بن سلطان محمد ملتانى .

Colophon further notes: In the time of Jahangir ibn Akbar (r. 1605 – 1627).

Note concerning work: A treatise on the determination of the transitions of the years.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.474 (6); GAL Supp. I.868
2. ff.79v-96r
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: A treatise on the calendar according to the era of Yazdigird used by the Zoroastrians.


Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.1 p.75 (possibly - ff.79-96 may be an extract)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 79 + 17 = 96 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 19.2 × 11.6 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14.5 × 7 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Plain black leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 19.9 × 11.6 × 1.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 468.


Origin: 1020 AH; 1611-2 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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