Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 27 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection

Contents

Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Inshā-yi Mīram Siyāh Qazvīnī. 1 copy of Inshā-yi Bayānī. 1 copy of Inshā-yi Jāmī.
1. ff.1-34

Note concerning author: The author died after 957/1550.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: ʿAbd al-Raḥīm عبد الرحيم .

Colophon further notes: 12th of some month. The year is not provided (folio margin has been trimmed). Browne uses the year from the 2nd work: 1055/1645.

Note concerning work: An epistolary manual containing letters to various notable contemporaries, including Bābur, Humāyūn, Shāh Ismaʿil, Ḥusayn Wāʿiẓ-i-Kāshifī, etc. The following manuscript contains related content: BL IO Islamic 3958.

References

Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.1140, No. 2061 [BL IO Islamic 1972]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.390
2. ff.35-134

Note concerning author: Bayānī was the successor to Mīr ʿAlī Shīr Navāʾī in the service of Sulṭān Ḥusayn Mīrzā (906-922/1500-1516).

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Tuesday 7 Dhū al-Qaʿdah 1055 / 25 Dec 1645 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: An epistolary manual. For a 2013 article on manuscripts of Bayani's Munsha'at see http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/ach/article/viewFile/26812/17069. Early copies date to 1563, 1572 and 1575.

References

3. ff.135-193
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Epistolary models.

References

Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.772, no. 1387 [BL IO Islamic 1691]
Die arabischen, persischen und türkischen Handschriften der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Hofbibliothek zu Wien, G. Flügel (1865-7) vol. 1, p.286

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 34 + c. 100 + 57 = c. 193 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 29.3 × 20.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 23.5 × 14.0 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.

Layout

16-18 lines per page.

Not ruled.

Hand(s)

Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: ʿAbd al-Raḥīm عبد الرحيم.

Additions:

Interlinear translations of Arabic quotations (e.g. Qur'an) into Persian. Flyleaf: an English note in the hand of Henry Bradshaw gives details of the collation (of quires).

Binding

Suede, light tan leather, European, with marbled paper on boards. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 29.8 × 20.7 × 3.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 36.

History

Origin: Undated. Tuesday 7 Dhū al-Qaʿdah 1055 AH; 25 Dec 1645 CE 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

Availability

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


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