Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 11 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Āthār al-Bilād.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Contains a preface with names of places, i.e. the names of cities in alphabetical order within each chapter. The preface (8 unfoliated folios) indicates there will be 7 chapters. Ff.1v-45r: first chapter with colophon. Ff.45v-82r: second chapter with colophon. Ff.82v-163v: third chapter. F.87v: space left for a diagram. F.105r: space left blank. Ff.164r-283v: fourth chapter. Ff.283v-335v: fifth chapter. Ff.336r-356r: sixth chapter. Ff.356r-364: seventh chapter with colophon.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.481; GAL Supp. I.883
Wüstenfeld’s edition

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 364 folios (with 8 folio preface).
Dimensions (leaf): 26.3 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated (after an unfoliated preface).


Marginal worming. Water damage (staining). Some worm holes repaired.


19 lines per page.

Preface ruled in double red with a blue outer. First opening of main text ruled in gold with double red and blue outer. Rubrications in red and black in large lettering. Catchwords.


Script: naskh. Quality: Good. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v (main text): an illuminated sarlauh in gold with blue, green and red.


Flyleaf: the collation of quires is given in a note in English in the hand of Henry Bradshaw. F.1r: a seal (ʿAbd Allāh; 1044).

Signs of collation.


Brown leather, Indian style. Marbled paper doublures. Decorations: Metal inlay: turanj, two pendants, and corner pieces. Dimensions: 26 × 14.5 × 5.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 2.


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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