Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 241 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mukāshifāt-i Riz̤avī (a commentary upon the Mathnavī).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Nakur, Ijmir Date: 2 Ramaḍān 1130 / 30 Jul 1718 Scribe: Muḥammad Zamān ibn Muḥammad Kabīr ibn Shaykh Ḥusām al-dīn Qurayshī محمد زمان ولد محمد كبير بن شيخ حسام الدين قريشى .

Colophon further notes: The scribe's full name and the place of copying is given in an internal colophon on f.102r. F.1v (preface) says composed in 1084 (Muḥammad Riżā).

Note concerning manuscript: Each daftar has it own colophon (f.102r; f.143v; f.181r; f.202r; f.223r; f.246v).

Note concerning work: Commentary composed in 1084/1673-4.


Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.649, no. 1105 [BL IO Islamic 2012]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 246 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 29.5 × 17.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 23.5 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


21 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


F.1r: a seal (Muḥammad Bāqir ʿAlawī, 1135) and a note dated 1187. Also a table of contents with folio numbers.


Light tan suede, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: C. TAYLOR" and "G.R." with post-horn and crown). Dimensions: 30.2 × 17.7 × 4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 605.


Origin: Nakur, Ijmir; 2 Ramaḍān 1130 AH; 30 Jul 1718 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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