Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 75 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Taẕkirat al-Awliyā (“Memoirs of the Saints”).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Nūr Muḥammad نور محمد .

Colophon further notes: 22nd Jumādā II. No year is provided.


Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.2 p.931
Text has been edited in Browne’s Persian Historical Texts Series (2 vols.) by R.A. Nicholson.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 250 Folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.8 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


19 lines per page.

Ruled in yellow (with black outline for first quarter of codex). Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Neat. Scribe: Nūr Muḥammad نور محمد.


Signs of collation at the start only.


Plain leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 26.5 × 16 × 4.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 173.


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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