Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 28 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Inshā-yi Jāmī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Epistolary models.


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: 121 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 18.8 × 11.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13.2 × 6.2 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Worming. The first few folios have been repaired on the margins.


13 lines per page.

Ruled in double red and blue outer (but gold and blue on first opening).


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh (gold and blue).


Numerous marginal and interlinear notes.


Red leather, Indian style. Marbled paper doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj with two pendants. Painted ruled border on the boards. Dimensions: 18.7 × 11.1 × 2.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 34.


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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