Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 8 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Majmūʿah min Taṣānīf. 1 copy of al-Ṣirāṭ al-Mustaqīm.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The colophon is on the final folio.

Note concerning work: The author, Mīr Dāmād, is very likely the author of King's 34.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.835a, xxviii [BL Add. 16839]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper is thin, hand-made, dark chickpea in colour.
Extent: c. 70 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 26.3 × 16.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Worm damage. Mould on flyleaves.


21 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Small, ugly. Scribe: Anonymous.


Flyleaf: an English note in the hand of Henry Bradshaw gives details of the collation (of quires). F.1r: notes in red and black; one states that the author is Mīr Muḥammad Bāqir Dāmād, then provides a list of 3 titles (of which only 2 are found in the codex - the second, اماضات, Īmāḍāt, is missing). An ownership note is dated 15 Rabīʿ I 1131. The manuscript contains numerous marginal notes, often signed "12".

Collated (marks of ṣaḥḥa and badl ).


Marbled paper on suede, suede corners and spine, European style. Plain paper doublures. Condition: The lower part of the upper board has been eaten away by rodents. Dimensions: 26.7 × 16.8 × 1.6 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 41.


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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