Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 97 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tārīkh al-Ḥukamā (Persian version).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn زين العابدين .

Note concerning work: Browne presumed this to be the work properly entitled Rawz̤at al-Afrāḥ wa-Nuzhat al-Arwāh, or perhaps Nuzhat al-Arwāh wa-Rawz̤at al-Afrāḥ Fī Tārīkh al-Ḥukamāʾ wa-l-Falāsifa, by Shams al-dīn Muḥammad al-Shahrazūrī. However, the incipit is very similar to that of the Persian version by Maqṣūd ʿAlī Tabrīzī of a Tārīkh al-Ḥukamā attributed to Shams al-dīn Muḥammad Suhrawardī (sic) in BL IO Islamic 1579.


Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.249, no. 614 [BL IO Islamic 1579 (the original work here attributed to Shams al-dīn Muḥammad Suhrawardī)]
Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.468-9 (Rawz̤at al-Afrāḥ); GAL Supp. I.851
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.2 p.1108
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.286

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Light green and ochre folios.
Extent: 55 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 28.2 × 16.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 22.6 × 10.2 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Worming and water damage. Some repairs to worm damage.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in single red and blue outer.


Script: shikasta. Scribe: Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn زين العابدين.


Plain reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 28.8 × 16.7 × 1.8 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 141.


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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