King's Pote 47 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.
Colophon further notes: F.197: an internal colophon (undated).
Note concerning manuscript: F.197 (the final foliated page): an internal colophon. The remainder of the ms (around 50 folios) begins as if this is a different work (or works), and is written in a different hand ( shikasta ). The final 7 folios contains 4 short texts partly written on the diagonal, in different hands.
Note concerning work: History of Bahādur Shāh. The official record of the first two years of the reign of Shāh ʿĀlam Bahādur Shāh.
17 lines per page.
Not ruled. Red rubrications.
Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Quality: Fine. Scribe: Anonymous.
F.2r: the seal of Polier (1181). A note states that transcription began on Tuesday Rabīʿ II (no year) - "this is a reliable ms of the work Shāh ʿĀlam nāmah written by Niʿmat Khān ʿĀlī".
Marbled paper on leather with leather spine, Indian style. Ochre paper doublures. Condition: Damage to the spine. Dimensions: 25.5 × 15 × 3.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 97.
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.
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