Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 55 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Padmāvat Bhākhā (in Braj Bhāshā dialect).
Language(s): Hindi

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Presumably the original would be the Hindi romantic epic Padmāvat by Malik Muḥammad Jāyasī.


Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.155 (translator into Urdu: Ghulam 'Ali Mashhadi); p.282

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 150 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.8 × 14.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Worm damage.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Two columns (verse).


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Indian style, plain brown leather. Plain paper doublures. Condition: The spine is separated from the textblock. In need of repair. Dimensions: 22.8 × 13.8 × 3 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 90.


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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