Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 220 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Saʿadīya Sharḥ al-Taṣrīf.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: A scribal (collator's) note at the end offers an apology to the reader: copied from a very old Indian manuscript but after collation it was found that the commentary was not the true text.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.283; GAL Supp. I.497
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.235 no.501 [BL Arund. Or. 32]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 100 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.4 × 13 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Some folios have been repaired in the gutter.


14 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: naskh. Quality: Good. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: two erased seals and some notes. F.1v: an erased seal. Reverse of final folio: an erased seal.

Signs of collation.


Dark brown leather with lighter brown corners and spine, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Moulded central turanj and two pendants with corner pieces and cartouches to either side (there is no sign of any metal inlay). Condition: Some folios are detached from the binding. Dimensions: 20.1 × 12.6 × 1.4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 543.


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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