Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 246 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 419 + 220 = 639 folios (2 sections).
Dimensions (leaf): 29.5 × 18.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Folios.


21 lines per page.

Ff.1v-2r: ruled in red, gold, black with a blue outer. Thereafter ruled in double red with a blue outer. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Sayyid Farīd ibn Sayyid Hapūn سيد فريد ولد سيد هپون.


F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh (gold and lapis).


The manuscript begins with 4 folios with a ruled table of contents (added later). F.1r: 5 seals (Sayyid ʿAlī Ḥusaynī, 1110; Shafīʿ Khān, a murid of ʿĀlamgīr; Shams al-Dawlah Ṣādiq Bahādur, 1135) and some notes (dated to the reign of ʿĀlamgīr).

Signs of collation.


Dark reddish brown leather, Indian style. Plain yellow paper doublures. Decorations: Pressure moulded turanj, two pendants and corner pieces. Condition: The upper board is detached. Dimensions: 29.5 × 18.5 × 7.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 609.


Origin: 24 Rajab 1078 AH; 9 Jan 1668 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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