Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 65(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Bayāz̤ of poetry.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: A precious bayāż of poetry. Names of the poets (from various periods) are written in red. Written from both ends. Folios at the end are in shikasta script and sprinkled with gold. One of three codices in bayāż (oblong) format stored together under King's 65.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 187 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.5 × 10 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 7.4 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


variable lines per page.

Ruled in gold and lapis outer. In two columns.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Gold sprinkling.


F.1r: the seal of Polier.


Brown leather. Plain leather doublures. Bayāż (oblong) format. Decorations: turanj and pendants on the cover. Condition: The spine is very loose. Some folios in the final quire are detached. In need of repair. Dimensions: 20 × 10 × 1.8 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 105.


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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