Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 53 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Prabod-h Nāṭak. 1 copy of Badāyiʿ al-Khalq.
1. ff. 1-111

Note concerning author: Marshall lists an author (poet) by the name of Nanddās. He wrote in Hindi and flourished during the reign of Akbar: p. 367.

Language(s): Hindi

Colophon details: Date: 8 Muḥarram, 18th year of Muḥammad Shāh (c.1148 / 1735) Scribe: Parān-nāheh پران ناهه .


Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.367
2. ff.i-xvi and ff.xvii-xxxvi
Language(s): Hindi

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: The 2nd work is found on the first 16 and final 20 unfoliated folios, before and after the '1st' work.

Note concerning work: It is not clear what the title of this work might be. The title for a second work in King's 53 was provided by Palmer: Badāyiʿ al-Khalq.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 111 + 36 = 147 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 15.7 × 10.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13 × 6.5 cm.
Foliation: Partially foliated (with 16+20 unfoliated leaves at start and end comprising a second work).


8-12 lines per page.

Not ruled. Two columns (verse).


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Parān-nāheh پران ناهه.


Plain brown leather, Indian style, with badly painted silver frame. Marbled paper doublures. Condition: The spine is damaged, separating from the textblock. Dimensions: 15.3 × 9.3 × 2.2 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 91.


Origin: 8 Muḥarram, 18th year of Muḥammad Shāh (c.1148 AH; 1735) CE 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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