Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 22 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Inshā-yi Mullā Ṭughrā.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Wednesday 25th Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1181 / 13th May 1768 Scribe: Muḥammad ʿAlī محمد على .

Colophon further notes: The colophon is on the final page in a different pen.

Note concerning work: Epistolary models.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.743b, xvii [BL Add 16852]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.844, no. 1389 [Bodl. 767]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.467
There is a Cawnpore edition of Ṭughrā’s tracts and letters

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 112 folios (according to a note on doublure).
Dimensions (leaf): 18.2 × 10.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 7 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


13-17 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Quality: Fair. Scribe: Muḥammad ʿAlī محمد على.


Occasional marginal corrections.


European style, plain reddish brown leather. Doublures European paper with watermark of "C. TAYLOR". Dimensions: 18.7 × 10.7 × 2.4 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 30.


Origin: Wednesday 25th Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1181 AH; 13th May 1768 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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