Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 206 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Risāla-i Hayʾat.

Note concerning author: The author died in Constantinople.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 1091 / 1680-1 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: A treatise on astronomy.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.458 [BL Add. 23440]
Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.234-5; GAL Supp. II.330
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.1 p.76

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 36 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 26.8 × 17.1 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Bad worm damage and water damage smudging the ink.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: shikasta. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: the seal of ʿIbād Allāh, 1188. The manuscript includes diagrams with circles in red and black. There are marginal notes, which are often illegible due to water damage.


Marbled paper on cardboard with leather spine, Indian style. Plain paper doublures. Condition: Very bad condition - severe worm damage and the leather is disintegrating. Dimensions: 26.4 × 16.5 × 1.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 469.


Origin: 1091 AH; 1680-1 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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