Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 77 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Muntakhab al-Tawārīkh.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Friday, 23 Jumādā II, 1004 / 23 Feb 1596 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The final folio (with this date) is a replacement.

Note concerning work: History of India from the Muḥammadan conquest to the fortieth year of Akbar’s reign (1004/1595-6).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.222 [BL Add. 6581]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.98, no. 233 [BL IO Islamic 1139]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.105, no. 192 [Bodl. Elliot 248]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.439
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.17
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.116, no. 60 [Camb. Oo. 6.13]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 550 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.2 × 15.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


The first 2 folios and the last are replacements.


18 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: the seal of Polier (1181).


Plain brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Condition: Damage to the spine (the headband is loose and in need of repair). Dimensions: 23 × 15.5 × 7.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 144+.


Origin: Friday, 23 Jumādā II, 1004 AH; 23 Feb 1596 CE

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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