Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 92 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Taẕkirat al-Shuʿarā.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Notices of poets who flourished during the reigns of the Moghul Emperors Jahāngīr, Shāhjahān and ʿĀlamgīr. Compiled in 1093/1682.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.369 [BL Or. 470 (where the work is entitled Kalimāt al-Shuʿarā)]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.2 p.822
A catalogue of the Arabic, Persian and Hindu'sta'ny manuscripts, of the libraries of the King of Oudh, A. Sprenger (1854) pp.108-115

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 81 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.2 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.4 × 7.6 cm.
Foliation: Partially foliated.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in silver and black. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: an unsophisticated illuminated sarlauh .


Final folio: two seals (Singh Prad-han) and an inspection note: 7 Ṣafar 1113 (Khwāja Muḥammad).


Plain reddish brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Dimensions: 22.5 × 12.8 × 1.4 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 174.


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

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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