King's Pote 39 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.
Note concerning manuscript: The preface (unfoliated) contains a table of contents with page numbers.
Note concerning work: A large collection of biographies. For other copies see the article by Ashirbek Muminov: "Manuscripts of Kata’ib A‘lam al-Akhyar: New Materials for the Biography and Activity of Mahmud ibn Sulayman al-Kafawi", in Russian: https://www.academia.edu/11218921/Spiski_Kataib_al-Kafawi. Some date his death to 990/1582.
17-24 lines per page.
Ruled in gold and black on the first folio, double red with a black outer thereafter. (Preface in another handis ruled throughout in double red with a black outer).
Script: naskh and nastaʿlīq. Quality: Fine naskh and not so fine nastaʿlīq . Scribe: Anonymous.
F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh .
The manuscript contains numerous marginal notes.
Signs of collation.
Red leather central panel with a darker leather border, Indian style. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj and two pendants and cornerpieces and a border of cartouches (again with cornerpieces). Title on the spine: "Aʿlām al-Akhbār" (rather than Akhyār). Dimensions: 25.3 × 15.5 × 6 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 23.
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.
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Funding of Cataloguing
King's College Cambridge