Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 79 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tārīkh-i Mūsavī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 1094 (?) / 1683-4 (?) Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The colophon provides only: '94'.


Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.247, no. 605 [BL IO Islamic 2029]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.163

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 130 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.5 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Many folios are fragile due to corrosion in green rulings.


15 lines per page.

The first opening is ruled in gold with a blue outer (with gold flowers in the margins). Thereafter pages are ruled in gold with green and lapis. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Fine. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh (gold, blue, red, green).


Some erased seals.


Plain leather, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked). Dimensions: 24.2 × 14.5 × 4 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 146.


Origin: 1094 (?) AH; 1683-4 (?) 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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