Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 215 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Zubdat al-Lughāt.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Thu 13 Jumādā I 1049 / 11 Sep 1639 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: A lexicon.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.119-121 [BL Or. 168]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 III.1 p.100 (1049H; sole copy?)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 150 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.3 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 7.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


F.1 has been remargined. Other folios have been repaired in the gutter.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: eight seals, 7 of which are identical (Khudā Bakhsh, 1167), ownership notes (purchased: 22 Shawwal 1197; another note dated 1104; another: from the possessions of Muḥammad Jaʿfar ibn Mīrzā Muḥammad Naṣīr). End flyleaf: a note. Marginal notes in red and black.


Light tan suede, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: "TAYLOR"). Dimensions: 25 × 13.7 × 2.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 526.


Origin: Thu 13 Jumādā I 1049 AH; 11 Sep 1639 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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