Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 7 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Akhlāq-i Pādishāhī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The final page (on different paper in a different hand) bears a chronogram for the date 1054. If the title اخلاق پادشاهى is a chronogram, the associated date is 1055, which Ethé took to be the date of composition.

Note concerning work: A work on adab (ethics) for rulers. Very likely the same work as in BL Or. 6694/2 (same title, same date of composition, 1055/1645-6).


Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.896, no. 1469 [Bodl. Ouseley 169]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thick cream Indian paper, not burnished. Final folio is different paper. Change of hand to shikasta around 2/3 of the way through. With final folio again nastaʿlīq .
Extent: c. 100 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 28.8 × 16.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 22 × 10.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Severe water damage. Minor worming.


14 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


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


Flyleaf: an English note in the hand of Henry Bradshaw gives details of the collation (of quires). F.1r: notes. F.1v: a seal dated 1103 (alongside the bismillah).


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 29.5 × 17 × 2.2 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 12.


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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