Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 207 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of ʿArūz̤ Sayfī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Ṣafar 1199 / 1784-5 Scribe: Ghulām غلام .

Note concerning work: A treatise on prosody.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.525 [BL Add. 16808]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 III.1 p.186 (1199H)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.434

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 100 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 13.6 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17.2 × 10.2 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


12 lines per page.

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


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Good. Scribe: Ghulām غلام.


F.1r: the seal of Polier (1181). A diagram with concentric circles appears not to have been completed.

Notes concerning codex: The codex is made up of at least three treatises. About 3/4 of the way through there is a second heading, and on the next folio a second bismillah, and a few folios later there is a fourth heading.


Plain reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Decorations: The spine is embossed: "Prosody by Safi". Dimensions: 21.7 × 13.7 × 1.6 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 466.


Origin: Ṣafar 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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