Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 209 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Riyāz̤ al-Inshāʾ.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 29 Rabīʿ I 1145 / 19 Sep 1732 Scribe: Shaykh ʿAbd al-Rasūl ibn Shaykh Muḥammad شيخ عبد الرسول ولد شيخ محمد .

Colophon further notes: Year 14 of Muḥammad Shāh.

Note concerning work: An epistolary manual.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.983a [BL Or. 1739]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 250 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.2 × 14.4 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18.8 × 9.4 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Water damage.


21 lines per page.

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


Script: naskh. Quality: (multiple hands: also nastaʿlīq ). Scribe: Shaykh ʿAbd al-Rasūl ibn Shaykh Muḥammad شيخ عبد الرسول ولد شيخ محمد.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. Marbled paper doublures. Decorations: Moulded central turanj and two pendants. The spine is embossed: "Kitabi Riadhi Inshah by Jani Kilani". Condition: The upper board is detached,the llower board almost so. Dimensions: 24 × 13.6 × 3.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 480.


Origin: 29 Rabīʿ I 1145 AH; 19 Sep 1732 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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