King's Pote 40 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Note concerning author: A note on the flyleaf names the author: Muḥammad Rafīʿ Vāʿiẓ.
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.
14 lines per page.
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.
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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