Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 148 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Lawāmiʿ al-Asrār (a commentary upon Maṭāliʿ al-Anwār, with gloss).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.3 × 15 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


21 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: naskh. Quality: There is a change of hand to a neat naskh after around 20 folios. Scribe: ʿAbd al-Jalīl عبد الجليل.


F.1r: a note giving the price: 130 rupees. The manuscript contains numerous marginal notes (in the second hand) written on the diagonal.

Signs of collation.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. Plain yellow paper doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj, two pendants and corner-pieces. Dimensions: 22.2 × 14.5 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 314.


Origin: Madrasa Khalīlīyah; 3 Rajab 994 AH; 20 Jun 1586 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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