Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 71 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tārīkh-i Dilgushā.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: A history of Shahjahān and his predecessors.


Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.578 (sole copy?)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.204

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 582 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 32.5 × 20 cm.
Dimensions (written): 24.5 × 13 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


23 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Flyleaf: a note of acquisition. F.1r: the seal of Polier (1181) and also an acquisition note dated 1152 (yr 22 of Muḥammad Shāh).

Marks of collation.


Reddish brown leather (Indian style) with gold inlay, darker leather spine and border to boards. Marbled paper doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj, two pendants and corner pieces. Dimensions: 32.7 × 20 × 7 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 148.


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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