Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 150 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of ʿAqāʾid al-Nasafī (with commentary).
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Wednesday 22 Dhū al-Qaʿdah 1079 / 23 Apr 1669 Scribe: Anonymous.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.427-8; GAL Supp. I.758
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.541 no.1145 [BL Add. 23259]
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.106 no.176 [BL Or. 4265]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 172 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.5 × 7 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Significant worming.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Clumsy (better after change of hand at f.48). Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: an inspection note dated (6 Ṣafar 1138). The manuscript contains numerous marginal notes.

Signs of collation.


Light tan suede binding, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: horned crown). Dimensions: 23.3 × 14.3 × 2.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 316.


Origin: Wednesday 22 Dhū al-Qaʿdah 1079 AH; 23 Apr 1669 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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