Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 117 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kitāb Uqlīdus (Arabic translation of Euclid).
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: F.176v: the colophon indicates the date of composition: 22 Shaʿbān 646 (1248).

Note concerning manuscript: Three pages at the end: a table of contents with page numbers.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.510; GAL Supp. I.929

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 178 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 11.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 12 × 7 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.




17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


Numerous diagrams in red and black, neatly executed. Many marginal notes in different hands.

Signs of collation.


Marbled paper on suede with suede corners and spine, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: circle with crown and "C. TAYLOR"). Dimensions: 18.3 × 12 × 2.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 197.


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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