Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 93(2) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Malfūẓāt (“Memoirs of Tīmūr”).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: On box: 93(2) - but 93(1) and 93(2) are two distinct copies of the same work.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.177-80 [BL Or. 158]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.84-6, no. 196 [BL IO Islamic 1943]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.281 (1126H)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.466

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 149 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.3 × 13.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.3 × 7.3 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in double red. Red rubrications.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: the seal of Polier.



Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 21.8 × 13.5 × 2 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 188+.


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


    Work in multiple volumes bearing the class-marks: 93(1), 93(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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