Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 80(2) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


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

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: This is not volume 2 but a second copy of the same work as 80(1). 80(1) and 80(2) are bound separately but given the same number, 80, in the Pote series. However the Polier numbers on the covers are different: 154 and 195.

Note concerning work: The history of Shīr Shāh, written by order of the Emperor Akbar in 987/1579.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.242 [BL Or. 164]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.1

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.3 × 13.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


21 lines per page.

Ruled in gold with lapis outer. Rubrications in red.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh in gold, bright green, dark blue, purple, etc.


Gilt-stamped on brown leather with leather spine, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: The boards are gilt-stamped. Condition: Damage to the spine (the text block is coming away). Dimensions: 20.2 × 12.7 × 5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 195.


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


    Work in multiple volumes bearing the class-marks: 80(1), 80(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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