Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 233 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Sharḥ Zīj Ulugh Bayg.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Astronomical tables.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.455-7 and pp.457-8 [BL Add. 23567]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.1 p.71
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.470

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 350 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 27 × 16.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19.5 × 10.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


21 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: some notes and a large circular seal (almost illegible - a similar seal of Arshad Khān is found in King's 181; a related seal appears in King's 190 and King's 78). The manuscript contains numerous diagrams in red and black ink.


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: WHATMAN; also: shield, fleur-de-lys and "G.R."). Dimensions: 27.5 × 16.5 × 5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 603.


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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