Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 33(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


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

Colophon details: Date: Ramaḍān 1063 (year 27 of Shah Jahan) / Sep 1653 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: There are multiple scribes named: initial quires: ʿAbd al-Rasūl Qulavī; middle quires: Shaykh Dāvūd Akbarābādī; final quires: Ibrāhīm Qulī Shaykh Pūrī.

Note concerning manuscript: Note on f.1r: Iqbal-nameh, the first 2 of 3 volumes; composed by Muhammad Sharif, known as Mu'tamid Khan.


Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.561 (1063H; 1086H)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.361
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.171, no. 96 [Camb. Oo. 6.62])

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 259 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 33 × 19.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 25.6 × 14.3 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


The first 8 folios have marginal repairs.


23 lines per page.

Ruled in double red and black outer.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Black or dark brown leather, European style. Plain red leather doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj with pendants above and below; corner piece. Condition: A very tight binding. Dimensions: 32.7 × 19 × 4.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 25.


Origin: Ramaḍān 1063 (year 27 of Shah Jahan) AH; Sep 1653 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: 33(1), 33(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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