Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 21 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Anvār-i Suhaylī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 11 Jumādā I, 1147 / 9th Oct 1734 Scribe: Muḥammad Darvīsh محمد درويش .

Colophon further notes: Copied for Khwājah Zayn al-dīn al-Tūrānī.


Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.418, no. 431 [Bodl. Grave 8]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.191
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.393, no. 310 [Camb. Add. 196 (Lewis 16)]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 400 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.4 × 15.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Some worm holes. Repairs to worming.


13-16 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications.


Script: Mixed nastaʿlīq and shikasta. Quality: Very ordinary (Browne: badly written). Scribe: Muḥammad Darvīsh محمد درويش.


F.1r: 3 seals, 2 of which are Polier's (1181), the other is Khwājah Zayn al-dīn's (in the colophon he is named more fully: al-Tūrānī - the manuscript was copied for him). The manuscript contains numerous marginal notes.


European style, red leather. Doublures marbled paper. Decorations: Gold corner pieces, turanj and pendants (floral motifs). Dimensions: 23.5 × 15.3 × 5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 38.


Origin: 11 Jumādā I, 1147 AH; 9th Oct 1734 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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