Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 37 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Āʾīn-i Shāhī (“Royal Mirror”). 1 copy of Ḍiyāʾ al-Qalb (“Light of the Heart”).
1. ff.1-14
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Composed c.1066/1655-6 for the Safavid Shāh ʿAbbās II. The final folio has the composition date: 1066 (with chronogram).


2. ff.15-30
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The date added under the colophon, 1057 (1647-48) is the date of composition.

Note concerning manuscript: Followed by a folio in fine naskh used as a flyleaf.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.200

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 14 + 16 = 30 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 16.9 × 10 cm.
Dimensions (written): 12.5 × 6.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


14 lines per page.

First two folios ruled in gold and lapis, but no ruling after that.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Neat. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh (Indian).


Plain brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Dimensions: 16.8 × 10.3 × 0.7 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 43.


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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