Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 57 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Bhāgavad Bhūpatī (verse translation into Hindustani).
Language(s): Hindi

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: F.307v: a colophon within the text layed out as a tree provides a brief date: year 27. That would mean c.1157/1744 if it were the reign of Muḥammad Shāh. The date, beginning of Dhū al-Qaʿdah 1178, on the final folio (in a later hand) relates to the birth of a son.

Note concerning manuscript: F.307r-v (2 folios from the end) has text written in two columns in the form of three trees.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 309 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 19.9 × 13.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. Two columns (verse).


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Brown leather binding, Indian style. Plain paper doublures. Decorations: Pressure moulded turanj with two pendants. Dimensions: 19.8 × 13.6 × 4 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 100.


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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