Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 128 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Jūg Bāshisht (a Persian translation of the Yoga Vāsishṭha).
Author and Translator: Anonymous
Author and Translator: Anonymous
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Shāhjahānābād Date: c.1179 / 1766 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: This date is based upon a date 1766 (corrected from 1786) in a note in red at the head of f.1v and again in the colophon. However, the colophon also specifies 21 Rabīʿ I, year 11 of Bahādur Shāh.

Note concerning work: The translated work is a well-known Sanskrit work on Hindū gnosticism - Yogavāsiṣtha - made from the abridgement of the Kashmīrī Pandit Anandan.


Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.75

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 150 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 31 × 20.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 24 × 12 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Repairs to the upper margins on the final few folios.


19 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Script: shikasta. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: begins with a note in red with the Gregorian date 1766.


Marbled paper boards with leather spine, Indian style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 30.7 × 20.5 × 2.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 289.


Origin: Shāhjahānābād; c.1179 AH; 1766 CE

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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