Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 10 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kitāb al-Ḍawʾ fī Sharḥ al-Miṣbāḥ fī ʿilm al-Naḥw.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Place: Ajmīr, India Date: Undated Scribe: Khwājā Bakhsh خواجه بخش .

Colophon further notes: 17 Ṣafar. No year is provided.

Note concerning manuscript: Browne found this to be a very poor copy.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.293;GAL I.297; GAL Supp. I.514
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.463 no.1000 [BL Add. 22756/3]
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.604 no.932 [BL Or. 1177]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 110 Folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 20 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. Catchwords.


Script: naskh. Quality: (central sections in poor nastaʿlīq ). Scribe: Khwājā Bakhsh خواجه بخش.


Collated (marks of ṣaḥḥa ).


Marbled paper on suede, European style. Plain European paper doublures (lower doublure has watermark: a circular design with crown - possibly that of C. Taylor ). Dimensions: 20.4 × 15.8 × 1.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 39.


Origin: Ajmīr, India 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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