King's Pote 93(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Colophon details: Date: 27 Ramaḍān, 1126 / 6 Oct 1714 Scribe: Anonymous.
Colophon further notes: Colophon: year 4 Farrukhsiyar.
Note concerning manuscript: On box: 93(1) - but 93(1) and 93(2) are two distinct copies of the same work.
17 lines per page.
Not ruled. Red rubrications.
Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.
F.1r: three seals including that of Polier (twice) and Kamāl al-dīn Khān, dated 24 Shaʿbān in Shāhjahānābād (a man of that name is also mentioned in the colophon). A note states that the work was written by Abū Ṭālib al-Ḥusaynī. The same author's name appears in the text of f.1v, where it is also stated that the work covers the rule of Timur from age 7-74. It is a translation from a text in Turkic found in the library of a Yemeni ruler.
Plain dark brown leather, Indian style. Orange paper doublures. Condition: The spine is damaged. The lower board is separated. Dimensions: 22.7 × 14 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 188.
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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