Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 78 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Taʾrīkh al-Khamīs fī Aḥwāl Nafs Nafīs.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 1 Rabīʿ II 1064 / 19 Feb 1654 Scribe: ʿAlī على .

Note concerning work: A biography of the Prophet and of his successors down to 982/1574.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.381; GAL Supp. II.514

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 374 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 29.2 × 20.4 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20 × 13 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Extensive worm damage.


31 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Script: naskh. Scribe: ʿAlī على.


F.1r: two circular seals (Muḥammad Amīn, year 42 of Muḥammad Aʿẓam Shāhī, i.e. Aurangzeb, 1110; Arshad Khān khānazāda-yi Shāh ʿĀlam Padshāh Ghazī , year 2, 1120) with inspection notes and one third of a page in the hand of the scribe. The same seal of Arshad Khān appears in King's 190. For a similar seal to that of Arshad Khān in manuscripts from the Mughal royal library (year 2, 1121), see pp.285-86, p.292, and elsewhere, of J. Seyller, "The Inspection and Valuation of Manuscripts in the Imperial Mughal Library", Artibus Asiae, Vol. 57 (1997). The seal in BL Or. 6810 is reproduced in fig. 7, p. 259 and the same seal appears in Chester Beatty Library Per. 257, http://www.cbl.ie/islamicseals/View-Seals/182.aspx. On p.321 of the same there is mention of a seal of Muḥammad Amīn Aʿẓam Shāhī in another royal manuscript.


Marbled red and green paper on leather with brown leather spine, Indian style. Scrap paper doublures. Dimensions: 28.8 × 19.5 × 7 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 147.


Origin: 1 Rabīʿ II 1064 AH; 19 Feb 1654 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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