Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 222 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Samar al-Falāsifah (“Tales of the Philosophers” of Greece and Rome).

Note concerning author: ʿAbd al-Sattār was a student of the celebrated Jesuit missionary Xavier from whom he learned Latin at the command of Akbar.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Rudauli Date: 12 Ramaḍān 1197 / 11 Aug 1783 Scribe: Mīr Asad ʿAlī مير اسد على .

Colophon further notes: The same scribe might have copied Bodleian Ouseley 176 in 1197.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.177b and p.1077a [BL Add. 16685]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.2 p.1110 (1197H); I.1 p.164 (footnote)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.25 (Thamarat al-falasifah)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thin chickpea coloured, burnished paper.
Extent: 108 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.4 × 17.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.5 × 12.2 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Good condition.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in black-outlined yellow with a blue outer. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Mīr Asad ʿAlī مير اسد على.


Plain brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked). Dimensions: 24 × 17.7 × 1.8 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 544.


Origin: Rudauli; 12 Ramaḍān 1197 AH; 11 Aug 1783 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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