Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 214 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Zīj-i Ulugh Bayg.

Note concerning author: Ulugh Bayg was a grandson of Tīmūr.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The text ends with a table so there is no colophon.

Note concerning work: Astronomical tables.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.455-7 [BL Add. 16742]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.1 p.68

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.5 × 17.6 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19.1 × 12.4 cm.
Foliation: Partially foliated.


Worm and water damage. Some repairs to the margins, particularly in the gutter.


22 lines per page.

Ruled in double red. Rubrications in red.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Neat. Scribe: Anonymous.


1st flyleaf: notes including dates: 5 Sha'ban 1155 and Ramaḍān 1175. 2nd flyleaf: inspection note dated 5th Dhu al-Hijjah year 5. F.1r: numerous seals and notes all but one erased (Muhammad Quli) and the price of purchase, 70 rupees, from Shahjahanabad. Reverse of final folio: 2 erased seals and a some notes. End flyleaf: a note. The text is dominated by numerous tables in red and black ink. Many marginal notes.


Plain brown leather, Indian style with an envelope flap. Marbled paper doublures. Condition: The boards are breaking away from the spine and the spine from the textblock. Dimensions: 24.5 × 16.7 × 4.1 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 527.


Origin: Undated.

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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