Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 96 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Vāqiʿāt-i Bāburī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: A scribe's note on the final folio states that the year 935 was not included in the manuscript he was copying from. Then he speaks of the death of Babur. Browne: text in manuscript ends with the year 935/1528-9.

Note concerning work: Persian version of the memoirs of Emperor Bābur Turkī, generally known as the Bābur-nāmah. Text in manuscript ends with the year 935/1528-9 (which is also true of BL Add. 6588).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.799 [BL Add. 6588]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.533
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.97; p.189; p.296; p.333
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.160, no. 136 [Camb. Add. 2778]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 166 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24 × 13.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17.5 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.




17 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: the seal of Polier (1181).


Dark brown plain leather. Plain paper doublures. Condition: Spine and upper board (which is bent) are loose. Dimensions: 24.5 × 13.4 × 3.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 187.


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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