Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 48 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Bahār-i Dānish with preface.
Language(s): Persian

Preface by Muḥammad Ṣāliḥ محمد صالح, who was the authors pupil.

Colophon details: Place: Shāhjahānābād (in the "house of lilies", khanah laleh ) Date: Tuesday, start of Jumādā I 1153 / 26 Jul 1740 Scribe: Muḥammad Aʿẓam Qādirī ibn Yār Muḥammad from Panjab محمد اعظم قادرى .

Colophon further notes: An extensive colophon explains the author was the munshī of Shah Jahan.

Note concerning work: Work completed in 1061/1651. Translated in 1799 by Jonathan Scott - see https://archive.org/details/bahardanushorga02llgoog .


Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.434, no. 466 [Bodl. Ouseley 233]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.203
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.399, no. 320 [Camb. Add. 822]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 280 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 29.2 × 17.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 22.2 (inner) × 10.8 (inner) cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


First 2 folios (and flyeaves) have been repaired.


21 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a larger single red frame to define the margin. Red rubrications.


First flyleaf: erased seal. F.1r: the seal of Polier (1181). Second flyleaf: another seal with numerous notes. Within the manuscript there are many marginal notes frequently explaining difficult words.

Signs of collation.


Brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Gold inlay: turanj with four pendants and corner pieces. A painted silver border. Dimensions: 28.8 × 17.3 × 3.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 98.


Origin: Shāhjahānābād (in the "house of lilies", khanah laleh ); Tuesday, start of Jumādā I 1153 AH; 26 Jul 1740 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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