Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 193 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Aḥkām al-Nujūm.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The two colophons are both undated.

Note concerning manuscript: Divided into two parts with a gap between them (apparently two parts of the same work).


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.474 (4: K al-Nujūm by al-Maghribī); GAL Supp. I.868
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.223 no.769 [BL IO Islamic 707 (same incipit as one of the works here)]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 50 + c. 100 folios = c. 150 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.6 × 16.4 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 10.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Severe worm damage.


25 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


Marbled paper on cardboard, red leather spine, Indian style. Plain paper doublures. Condition: The binding is badly eaten away, especially the lower board. Dimensions: 25.2 × 16 × 2.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 471.


Origin: Undated.

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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