Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 95 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tārīkh-i Vaṣṣāf.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: No colophon - incomplete at the end (perhaps missing 20 folios).

Note concerning manuscript: F.1r: a table of contents with page numbers which seems to relate to selections from this work used in another work. Ff.3v-8v: a table of contents to the work itself including page numbers. Seems to only contain volume 5 (of the 5 total) although Browne stated it contains all five volumes, but the fifth is defective at the end.

Note concerning work: A history of the Mongol rulers of Persia from 656-712 (1258-1312).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.161-64 [BL Add. 23517]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.269

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 421 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.5 × 12.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 7 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.




25 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red and blue.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: (from f.329v the hand changes to a neat shikasta). Scribe: Anonymous.


F.11r (the first folio of the main text): a seal (… al-mulk, slave of Shāhjahān). The manuscript contains numerous marginal notes often amounting to a commentary filling the margins.


Marbled paper on suede. Plain paper doublures. Decorations: The spine is embossed: "Tarikh I Wasaf…". Dimensions: 15 × 12.5 × 4.7 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 165.


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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