Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 74 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Taẕkirah-i Shaykh Muḥammad ʿAlī Ḥazīn.

Note concerning author: Shaykh Muḥammad ʿAlī Ḥazīn was born in Iṣfahān in 1103/1691-2, reached India in 1146/1733-4, and died in 1180/1766-7, at Benares.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Memoirs, composed in 1154/1741-2.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.381a [BL Add. 16719]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.2 p.847 (before 1788 CE)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.183
An English translation was published by F.C. Balfour.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 55 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.7 × 16.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


16 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: the seal of Polier.


Dark brown leather, Indian style. Orange paper doublures. Dimensions: 26 × 16.5 × 1.2 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 177.


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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