Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 62(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Bhāgavad-Gītā (prose translation into Persian).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 1 Dhū al-Qaʿdah 1194 / 29 Oct 1780 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The date is part of a note saying the manuscript was ordered by Polier.

Note concerning manuscript: The manuscript begins with a detailed table of contents extending over five pages.

Note concerning work: Volume 1 contains the first 9 chapters.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 184 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 27.6 × 17.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 22 × 12.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


12 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer. Rubrications in red.


Script: shikasta. Scribe: Anonymous.


The seal of Polier is found on the first folio (the table of contents) and on the first folio of the work itself.


Plain brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 28 × 17.3 × 2.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 103.


Origin: 1 Dhū al-Qaʿdah 1194 AH; 29 Oct 1780 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


    Work in multiple volumes bearing the class-marks: 62(1), 62(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge



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