Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 36 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


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

Colophon details: Date: Monday 24 Shaʿbān 1196 / 4 Aug 1782 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: A collection of official correspondence compiled in 1140/1727-8.


Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.275
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) No. 189, p.281 [Camb. Add. 415]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Burnished.
Extent: c. 100 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.9 × 20 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 12 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Worm damage mostly in margins.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer. Rubrications in red.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Fine. Scribe: Anonymous.


Signs of collation.


Brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures (European with watermark of "C. Taylor"). Clement Taylor’s watermark occurs on papers dated between 1768 and 1790. See: W.A. Churchill, Watermarks in Paper in Holland, England, France, Etc. in the XVII and XVIII Centuries and their Interconnection, Amsterdam 1935, p.53. See also The House of Commons 1754-1790 by L. Namier & J. Brooke, p.516. Dimensions: 23.1 × 20.1 × 2 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 33.


Origin: Monday 24 Shaʿbān 1196 AH; 4 Aug 1782 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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