Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 47 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Bahādur Shāhnāmah.

Note concerning author: Mīrzā Muḥammad Dānishmand Khān is listed again in Fihrist as Dānishmand Khān.

Language(s): Persian

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.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.272a [BL Or. 24]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.2 p.1319
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.62

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 250 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.5 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Foliated (up until f.172).


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.


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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