Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 204 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Risāla-i Muḥammad Shāh va Khāndawrān.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 1199 / 1784-5 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Memoirs of the Amīr al-Umarā Ṣamṣām al-Dawla Khāndawrān and his times. He was killed in battle in 1151/1738-9.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.277 [BL Or. 180]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.254

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 239 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.3 × 15.4 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18.5 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


13 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Marbled paper on suede with a suede spine, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked). Dimensions: 24.9 × 15.8 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 481.


Origin: 1199 AH; 1784-5 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

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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