Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 54 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Bhāgavad of Ṭoralmal or Ṭoḍramal (verse translation into Persian).

Note concerning author: Ṭoḍar Mal was finance minister to Emperor Akbar and the author of the work in King's 162.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 21 Rabīʿ I 1134 / 9 Jan 1722 Scribe: Anonymous.


Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.466

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 217 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.4 × 13.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


10 lines per page.

Not ruled. Two columns (verse).


Script: shikasta. Scribe: Anonymous.


Indian style, marbled paper on cardboard with brown leather spine. Plain ochre doublures. Dimensions: 23.7 × 13 × 3.2 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 101.


Origin: 21 Rabīʿ I 1134 AH; 9 Jan 1722 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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