Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 254 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Shawāhid al-Nubūwah (“Evidences of the Prophetic Function”).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 9 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1199 / 13 Oct 1785 Scribe: Mumtāz ʿAlī ممتاز على .

Colophon further notes: 1199, written 9911. The same scribe penned King's 58.

Note concerning work: Composed c.885/1480-1.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.146 [BL Add. 25850]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.187

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 300 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.2 × 15.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18.5 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Mumtāz ʿAlī ممتاز على.


Marbled paper on suede with a suede spine, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked; fleur-de-lys). Dimensions: 24.7 × 16 × 4.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 624.


Origin: 9 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1199 AH; 13 Oct 1785 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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