Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 31(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Akbar-nāmah.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 5 Jumādā I 1107 (year 40 of the reign of Aurangzeb) / 12 Dec 1695 Scribe: Jalāl al-dīn جلال الدين .

Colophon further notes: The colophon says year 4 (meaning year 40) of Aurangzeb. (Browne's date 1007, 4 years before the author's death, appears to be an error).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.247-251 [BL Add 27247, BL Add 17926, BL Add. 18541, etc]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.99, no. 235 [BL IO Islamic 4]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.110, no. 200 [Bodl. Elliot 4a and Elliot 4b]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.544 (all 3 vols 1007H); I.1 p.549
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.32
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.162, no. 87 [Camb. Oo. 6.1]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 363 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 29.2 × 16.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 23.7 × 11.2 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Worm damage. The first few folios have been repaired.


21 lines per page.

Ruled in double red.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Jalāl al-dīn جلال الدين.


Flyleaf: an English note in the hand of Henry Bradshaw gives details of the collation (of quires). Flyleaf: two seals, Polier's (1181) and another dated 1166 (with Qur'anic verse).



Reddish brown, leather Indian style. Plain paper doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj with double pendants above and below; corner pieces in an outer band. Dimensions: 29.3 × 16.8 × 4.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 26.


Origin: 5 Jumādā I 1107 (year 40 of the reign of Aurangzeb) AH; 12 Dec 1695 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


    Work in multiple volumes bearing the class-marks: 31(1), 31(2), 31(3).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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