Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 76 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Maʿārij al-Nubūwah fī Madārij al-Futūwah.

Note concerning author: Al-Farāhī died in Herat.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: A history of the Prophet Muḥammad.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.149-50 [BL Egerton 687 (referring to King's 109, presumably meaning King's 76)]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.59, no. 138 [BL IO Islamic 122]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.73, no. 128 [Bodl. Ouseley 363-5]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.188
Dorn, Mélanges Asiatiques (1874) vol 7, p.400

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 514 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 29 × 17.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 23.5 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


2 folios prior to f.442 are replacements (at the end of the first part).


19 lines per page.

Not ruled until Conclusion on ff.442-49 which is ruled in gold. Red rubrications.


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


F.442v (start of the conclusion): an illuminated sarlauh in gold, green, reds and blue.


Brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Pressure moulded turanj, pendants and corner-pieces. Condition: Worm damage and tearing to the lower board. The spine has been repaired but is again damaged (it is separated). Dimensions: 29 × 16.7 × 6.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 151.


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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