Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 88(2) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tuzūk-i Jahāngīrī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Jumādā I, yr 25 of Shāh ʿĀlam’s reign, c. 1197 / c. 1783 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: On box: 88(2).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.253-6 [BL Add. 26215]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.558
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.219

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: The paper is thin but flexible, moderately burnished and cream in colour. Ff.468-9: a change of layout, i.e. 17 lines per page rather than 15, framed in a taller frame.
Extent: 486 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 30.8 × 15.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 23.5 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


15-17 lines per page.

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


Script: shikasta. Scribe: Anonymous.


Suede, light tan leather, European style. 1st flyleaf and doublure have watermarked paper (“C. TAYLOR” then ring topped with a crown – inside the ring is a design, perhaps a tree or flower). Dimensions: 31.5 × 15.5 × 5.2 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 189.


Origin: Jumādā I, yr 25 of Shāh ʿĀlam’s reign, c. 1197 AH; c. 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: 88(1), 88(2), 88(3).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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