Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 81(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


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

Colophon details: Date: 1197 / 1783 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Box labelled 81(1). 81(1) is a distinct work from 81(2) - the Polier numbers on the covers are different: 161 and 182.

Note concerning work: A history of Kashmir from the earliest times to its conquest by the Emperor Akbar.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.297b [BL Add 8906]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.170, no.316 [Bodl. 674]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.681 (1197H)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.171
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.177, no. 103 [Camb. Add. 2772]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 141 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23 × 20.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 11.2 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Good condition.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer. Red and black rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Clear. Scribe: Anonymous.


Flyleaf: a note says composed in 1027 in the reign of Jahangir.


Plain leather, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: "G.R."). Dimensions: 23.5 × 20.5 × 2.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 161.


Origin: 1197 AH; 1783 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


    Work in multiple volumes bearing the class-marks: 81(1), 81(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge



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