Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 253 (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.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.686-7 [esp. BL Or. 357 (Pādshāh nāmah)]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.580
A catalogue of the Arabic, Persian and Hindu'sta'ny manuscripts, of the libraries of the King of Oudh, A. Sprenger (1854) p.454

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 450 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


11 lines per page.

Ruled in double red (2 columns). Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Good. Scribe: Anonymous.


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 24.7 × 13.5 × 7.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 587.


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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