Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 223 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Sirāj al-Istikhrāj.

Note concerning author: Mullā Farīd al-dīn later became astrologer to Emperor Shāhjahān.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The manuscript ends with a table (there is no colophon).


Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.544; p.141

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 59 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.9 × 14.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18.5 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: a long note (total of 59 folios, title, author, etc) - the owner is Shaykh Ghulām Muḥammad [ibn] Muḥammadpūrī. The manuscript contains a number of tables in red and black ink.

Notes concerning codex: Browne has no entry for this manuscript although it appears in his summary listing, p. 306).


Marbled paper on cardboard with leather spine, Indian style. Mustard coloured plain paper doublures. Condition: Worming. Dimensions: 25 × 14.2 × 1.3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 541.


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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