Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 13 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kitāb al-Akr.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 47 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.5 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Severe worming. 1st page added later in another hand.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: inspection notes (the earliest: 14 Rajab 1101 in Akbarābād by Muḥammad Riż al-Ṭabīb; another:15 Muḥarram 1153 in Bijāpūr). In 1168, it was owned by Abū al-Maʿālī. The manuscript contains around 60 diagrams in red ink, mostly involving circles, arcs and lines.


Reddish brown leather with painted silver ruling. Plain pink paper doublures. Dimensions: 21.8 × 12.2 × 0.9 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 40.


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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