Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 145 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Ḥalbat al-Kumayt.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Friday 11 Jumādā I 996 / 8 Apr 1588 Scribe: Ilyās ibn Abī Bakr الياس بن ابى بكر .

Note concerning manuscript: First 3 folios: a preface containing a table of contents. Final folio: a chart with leap years.

Note concerning work: Anthology of poems about wine.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.56; GAL Supp. II.56

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Worm and water damage. Some repairs to the worm damage.


21 lines per page.

Ruled in gold, black and red. Rubrications in red.


Script: naskh. Quality: Beautiful. Scribe: Ilyās ibn Abī Bakr الياس بن ابى بكر.


F.7: a partially erased seal dated 1065.


Reddish brown plain leather, Indian style. Marbled paper doublures. Condition: The upper board is detached, the lower board is loose. In need of repair. Dimensions: 22.5 × 14 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 324.


Origin: Friday 11 Jumādā I 996 AH; 8 Apr 1588 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

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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