Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 64 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Burhān-i Maʾāthir.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Hyderabad Date: Year 28 of ʿĀlamgīr, i.e. Aurangzeb, so c.1095 / c.1684 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Written on the order of Shaykh Muḥammad Ṭāhir b. Khātūn. An English note indicates the equivalent date is 1094-5.

Note concerning work: A history of the Bahmanī and Niẓāmshāhī dynasties from 742-1004 (1341-1595) composed about the latter date.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.314b [BL Add. 9996 – BL Add. 9998]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.740
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.57
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.179, no. 104 [Camb. Add. 198 (Lewis 18) autograph]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 427 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 31.7 × 17.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 22.5 × 11.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Worm damage. Some margins repaired.


22-24 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: a seal has been erased. The manuscript contains marginal notes.


Plain leather, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked). Decorations: The spine is embossed: "King's College, Cambridge, Ms. Pote 64". Dimensions: 32 × 18 × 6 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 93.


Origin: Hyderabad; Year 28 of ʿĀlamgīr, i.e. Aurangzeb, so c.1095 AH; c.1684 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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