King's Pote 94(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Colophon details: Date: c. 1196 / c. 1782 Scribe: Muḥammad Bakhsh, poetically named Āshūb (d. 1784-5) محمد بخش، آشوب .
Colophon further notes: The author’s Divan is also in the Pote collection – see King's 169 in the same hand - and that was copied by the author. That means King's 94 is an autograph also. The work was compiled in 1196/1782 so this autograph copy is likely to be from that year or very shortly afterwards.
Note concerning manuscript: On box: 94(1).
Note concerning work: History of the death of Farrukh-Siyar and the accession of Muḥammad Shāh. Compiled in 1196/1782 at the request of Jonathan Scott, whom the author met in the house of Colonel Polier in Lucknow (as mentioned in the preface). The history ends with the year 1158/1745.
18 lines per page.
Not ruled. Red rubrications.
Script: shikasta. Scribe: Muḥammad Bakhsh, poetically named Āshūb (d. 1784-5) محمد بخش، آشوب.
The manuscript contais marginal notes in black and red (not in Persian).
Light brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Painted silver frame. Dimensions: 20.8 × 11.5 × 2.3 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 153.
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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