Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 3 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Inshā-yi Abū al-Faz̤l.

Note concerning author: Abū al-Fażl ʿAllāmī was the prime minister of Emperor Akbar.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 14 Ramaḍān 1109 (42nd year of Aurangzeb) / 26 Mar 1698 Scribe: Muḥammad Ashraf ibn Mawlānā ʿAlī محمد اشرف ولد مولانا على .

Colophon further notes: F.253 contains a colophon that is likely a copy of the damaged original.

Note concerning manuscript: 8 folios have been supplied in another hand.

Note concerning work: Epistolary models.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.396 [BL Add. 6548 (title: Mukātabāt-i ʿAllāmī)]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.111, no. 287 [BL IO Islamic 2357]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.841, no. 1378 [Bodl. 777]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.34; p.35

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: F.1v: begins with a bismillah on different paper in a different hand. F.168 and f.253 (the final folio) are also on different paper in a different hand.
Extent: 253 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.5 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


F.2 and a few thereafter have marginal repairs.


15 lines per page.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Quality: Fair. Scribe: Muḥammad Ashraf ibn Mawlānā ʿAlī محمد اشرف ولد مولانا على.


Flyleaf: an English note in the hand of Henry Bradshaw gives details of the collation (of quires). F.1r: Polier's seal (1181). F.246: an unusual 8-lobed seal, all but erased.

Collated by scribe - numerous marks of ṣaḥḥa .


Brown leather with gold inlay. Marbled paper doublures. Decorations: Gold inlay: turanj, 2 pendants, 4 corner pieces, decorated with floral designs. Condition: Good. Dimensions: 22.3 × 15.7 × 3 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 27.


Origin: 14 Ramaḍān 1109 (42nd year of Aurangzeb) AH; 26 Mar 1698 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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