Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 84 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


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

Colophon details: Date: 1127 / 1715 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: A chronogram on the final folio provides the date: 1127.

Note concerning work: Memoirs of the reign of Humāyūn. Work begun in 995/1586.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.246a [BL Add. 16711]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.537
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.231
A descriptive list of the Arabic manuscripts acquired by the Trustees of the British Museum since 1894, A. G. Ellis and E. Edwards (1912) iot’s Hist. of India, v, pp.136-149

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 133 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.5 × 13.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14.5 × 8.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Water damage.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: eight seals with possession notes, including Polier's seal (1181). Numerous regnal dates (including year 22) presumably during the reign of Muḥammad Shāh (r. 1719 – 1748).


Plain brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Decorations: The spine is embossed: "TARIKH JAUHAR AFTABCHI". Dimensions: 21.3 × 13.8 × 3 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 166.


Origin: 1127 AH; 1715 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

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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