Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 146 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Ḥāshiya-i Ḥalabī bar Muṭawwal.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Sunday 17 Shaʿbān 1066 / 10 Jun 1656 Scribe: Manṣūr منصور .

Note concerning work: Browne identified the underlying work as Talkhīṣ al-Miftāḥ by Qazvīnī but since the incipit matches that in BL IO Bijapur 260 it seems Palmer and Polier were more correct in indicating the glossed work is the Muṭawwal of Taftāzānī, which is itself a commentary upon Talkhīṣ al-Miftāḥ. Qazvīnī's work was itself an improving abridgement of the Miftāḥ al-ʿulūm of Sakkākī.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.295; GAL Supp. I.518
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.245 no.849 [BL IO Islamic 1596]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.246 no.852 [BL IO Bijapur 251]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.248 no.867 [BL IO Bijapur 260 (same incipit as King's pote 146)]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 293 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.5 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17.5 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Significant worm damage. Also water damage.


21 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Poor. Scribe: Manṣūr منصور.


F.1r: 2 smudged seals (one reads: Muhammad).


Numerous marginal notes.

Signs of collation.


Brown leather, Indian style. Marbled paper doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj, two pendants and corner pieces. A painted frame: double gold line. Condition: The spine is coming away from the textblock. Dimensions: 24.7 × 14.5 × 4.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 318.


Origin: Sunday 17 Shaʿbān 1066 AH; 10 Jun 1656 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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