Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 225 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Sharḥ ʿUyūn al-Ḥikmat.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: An almost erased note on the folio following the end of the text contains the year 1081.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.455 (no.23); GAL Supp. I.817

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 350 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.8 × 13.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.5 × 7 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Smoke (?) damage. Worming. Repairs to worm holes. Remargined towards the end.


23 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: shikasta. Quality: (the 2nd part is written without diacritical points). Scribe: Anonymous.


C. 20 folios from the end (between works): an erased seal and notes.

Signs of collation.

Notes concerning codex: The first 8 folios are replacements in a very untidy hand. There is another change of hand and paper after about 70 folios. The manuscript seems to contain multiple short works in the final 20 folios.


Dark brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Metal inlaid turanj, two pendants and corner pieces. Condition: The upper board is detached. The spine is disintegrating. Dimensions: 22.1 × 12.6 × 5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 618.


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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