Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 35 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Asrār al-Awliyāʾ.

Note concerning author: The author is known as "Ganj-i Shakkar".

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: ʿAbd al-Shakūr ibn Muḥammad Riz̤ā Hansavī عبد الشكور بن محمد رضا هنسوى .

Note concerning manuscript: The manuscript begins with a Preface containing a list of contents. The colophon occurs a few folios from the end, after which are 5 folios in the same hand related to samāʿ (associated with a chapter 20), composed by Muḥammad Riẓā Lāhūrī.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.973 [BL Or. 1756]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 150 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 17 × 11 cm.
Dimensions (written): 12 × 6.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


10 lines per page.

Not ruled.


F.1r: the seal of Polier (1181).


Brown leather with an envelope flap. Plain paper doublures. Decorations: Pressure-moulded turanj without pendants but there is a pendant on the flap. Condition: The spine and the flap are damaged. Dimensions: 17 × 11.2 × 2.7 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 19.


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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