Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 81(2) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


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

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Ff.3v-5r: a prose preface. Ff.5v-27v: verses begin in 2 columns. Box labelled 81(2). 81(1) is a distinct work from 81(2) - the Polier numbers on the covers are different: 161 and 182.

Note concerning work: Versified account of Kashmir.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 27 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.8 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.3 × 7.3 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in dull gold with fine black outer.


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


Folios are dusted with gold.


Flyleaf: two seals of Polier, a common square one (1181) and a much larger circular seal (year 9) - for a sketch of the same among the five seals used by Polier, see Colas and Richard, "Le fonds Polier à la Bibliothèque nationale" (1984) p. 108.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. Marbled paper doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid: turanj, 2 pendants, corner pieces. Dimensions: 22 × 13 × 1 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 182.


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: 81(1), 81(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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