King's Pote 87 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Note concerning author: Abū al-Fatḥ (the editor) worked in the time of Shāh Ṭahmāsp.
Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.
Colophon further notes: 26 Shawwāl. No year is provided.
Note concerning work: An account of the life and miracles of Shaykh Ṣafī al-dīn Isḥāq, the ancestor of the Ṣafavī kings of Persia. The older recension of this rare biography.
25 lines per page.
Ruled in red, gold and blue with a wider single blue frame defining the margin. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.
Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.
F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh part of which is pasted on from another manuscript. Ff.1v-2r and f.7v: interlinear gold.
Some signs of collation.
Reddish brown and dark brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj and two pendants, corner pieces and a border of cartouches, with two dotted bands. Dimensions: 30.3 × 17.7 × 3.6 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 176.
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.
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Funding of Cataloguing
King's College Cambridge