Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 252 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Shāhjahān nāmah.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The final page is a replacement without a date.

Note concerning work: Work completed in 1070/1659-60.


Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.580
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.338

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 745 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 27.5 × 17 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21.5 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


The final page is a replacement.


19 lines per page.

Ff.1v-2r: ruled in black-outlined gold with a red outer with a marginal border in gold flower pattern. Therafter black-outlined yellow with a red outer and blue marginal frame. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: shikasta. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh in gold, blue, purple and bright green. Ff.1v-2r: a border made up of a chain of flowers in gold.


F.1r: the seal of ʿIbād Allāh (1188). End flyleaf: a note: Żiyāʾ al-Dawla Navāb Bahādur, 1168; another note is dated 20 Muḥarram, year 3 of ʿĀlamgīr.


Two tones of brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Metal inlaid turanj, two pendants, corner pieces and a border of cartouches and corner pieces. Condition: The lower board is detached. Dimensions: 27 × 16.5 × 6.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 585.


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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