Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 256(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Shabistān-i Khayāl.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Burhanpur Date: Rajab 1021 / Sep 1612 Scribe: ʿInāyat Allāh ibn Muḥammad Ẓafar عنايت الله بن محمد ظفر .

Colophon further notes: There is also an internal colophon: 30 Rabīʿ I 1021, Burhanpur.

Note concerning manuscript: Begins with 3 ruled folios containing a table of contents. Ends with 3 folios containing a glossary.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 120 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.3 × 12 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 7 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


13 lines per page.

Ruled in black-outlined gold throughout. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Good. Scribe: ʿInāyat Allāh ibn Muḥammad Ẓafar عنايت الله بن محمد ظفر.


The folio prior to a table of contents: two erased seals and two notes. F.1r: two erased seals. The manuscript contains marginal notes.


Scrap paper binding with a leather border and spine. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 20 × 11.7 × 2.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 591.


Origin: Burhanpur; Rajab 1021 AH; Sep 1612 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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