Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 147 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kashshāf.
Title: Kashshāf
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Monday 15 Ṣafar year 41 of Aurangzeb 1109 / 13 Sep 1697 Scribe: Shaykh Ḥāmid ibn Shaykh Maḥmūd شيخ حامد بن شيخ محمود .

Colophon further notes: The date 1108 in the colophon seems to be a scribal conversion error. The scribe names himself as the owner.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.290; GAL Supp. I.507
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.62 no.64 [BL Add. 7235 Rich.]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 150 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.5 × 12.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 10 × 6 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


11 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Poor. Scribe: Shaykh Ḥāmid ibn Shaykh Maḥmūd شيخ حامد بن شيخ محمود.


Numerous marginal and interlinear notes.

Signs of collation.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj, two pendants. Silver painted frame. Dimensions: 22 × 12.5 × 2.3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 316.


Origin: Monday 15 Ṣafar year 41 of Aurangzeb 1109 AH; 13 Sep 1697 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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