Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 6 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Akhbār-i Jahāngīrī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: The author, Muḥammad Ṣādiq Dihlavī, was possibly the contemporary of Shāhjahān who was the author of Athār-i-Shāhjahānī and of the Ṭabaqāt-i Shāhjahānī.


Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.568
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.336

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thick Indian paper. Margins in different colours (dark ochre and teal).
Dimensions (leaf): 20 × 13 cm.
Dimensions (written): 12.2 × 6.7 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Extensive worm damage.


11-13 lines per page.

Ruled in gold with double black and outer blue. Red rubrications.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Quality: Ordinary. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: illuminated sarlauh in gold, blue and purple. Ff.1v-2r: gold drawings in the margins.


Flyleaf: an English note in the hand of Henry Bradshaw gives details of the collation (of quires). F.1r: inspection notes (one dated 1069) and 9 seals including those of a slave of Shāhjahān and of ʿInāyat Allāh Khān (oval) and of ʿInāyat Khān Shāhjahānī, 1068 (circular) and of Luṭf Allāh. F.191v: two seals, both dated 1063: Iʿtimād, slave of Shāhjahān), and Kamāl al-dīn Ḥusayn al-Mūsavī, follower of Shāhjahān. For Iʿtimād Khān and then ʿInāyat Khān serving as superintendents of the Mughal royal library, see p.255 of J. Seyller, "The Inspection and Valuation of Manuscripts in the Imperial Mughal Library", Artibus Asiae, Vol. 57 (1997). The manuscript contains occasional marginal notes (including siglum letter ṣād ). F.191v: an English note in the hand of Henry Bradshaw states that Aa 8 is wanting.

The colophon states that the manuscript was collated as much as possible.


Red leather with gold inlay. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Gold inlay: turanj, two pendants, two borders, corner pieces and eight side pieces (3+3+1+1). Condition: Gold inlay is pealing away in places. Dimensions: 20 × 12 × 4.6 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 8.


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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