Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 40 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Abwāb al-Jinān.

Note concerning author: A note on the flyleaf names the author: Muḥammad Rafīʿ Vāʿiẓ.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The name Malik Muḥammad Ghawth seems to be the owner. This is found on the final folio which is possibly in another hand.

Note concerning manuscript: Browne: seems to contain the first only of the three books.


Supplement to the catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1895) p.152
A hand-list of the Muḥammadan manuscripts, including all those written in the Arabic character, preserved in the Library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1900) no.1 [Camb. Add.313], etc
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.59, no. 24 [Camb. Add. 313]
PS, no. xxiv

Physical Description

Form: codex
Dimensions (leaf): 22.8 × 13.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17.5 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


14 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Reddish brown leather (Indian style) with gold inlay. Plain paper doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj, 4 pendants and corner pieces. Dimensions: 22.5 × 13.8 × 5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 1.


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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