Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 82(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tuḥfat al-Muʾminīn.

Note concerning author: Muḥammad Mūʾmin was physician to Sulaymān Shāh Ṣafavī.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: c. 1199 / 1784-5 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: This first volume has no date (the second is dated 1199).

Note concerning manuscript: Volume 1 of 2. Box labelled 82(1).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.476-7 [BL Add 23557]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.2 p.262

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 400 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.5 × 20 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.7 × 12.7 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Clear (Qur'anic verses in naskh). Scribe: Anonymous.


Marbled paper on suede, suede spine, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: horned crown). Dimensions: 23 × 20.5 × 4 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 170.


Origin: c. 1199 AH; 1784-5 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: 82(1), 82(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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