Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 162 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Dastūr al-ʿAmal.

Note concerning author: Rājā Ṭodar Mal was minister of finance under Emperor Akbar.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 1195 / 1781 Scribe: Anonymous.


Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.165, no. 432 [BL IO Islamic 1387]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.465-6; p.506

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 150 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.5 × 16.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.8 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


10-14 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a black outer. Black overlining to mark entries. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Dark brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 23.1 × 16.8 × 2.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 387.


Origin: 1195 AH; 1781 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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