Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 226 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Wiqāyat al-Riwāyah fī Masāʾil al-Hidāyah (a commentary on the Hidāyah, in Persian translation).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 5 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1144 / 30 May 1732 Scribe: ʿAbd Allāh عبد الله .

Note concerning work: Translation completed in 1076/1665-6.


Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.1395, no. 2590 [BL IO Islamic 582]
Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.376; GAL Supp. I.644
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.119 [BL Add. 7270 Rich.]
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.187, nos. 285, 286 [BL Or. 1194, BL Or. 1195]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 300 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 30.8 × 22.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 23.5 × 15.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Water damage.


21 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: ʿAbd Allāh عبد الله.


F.1r: notes.


Brown leather, Indian style. Marbled paper doublures. Decorations: Inlaid metal turanj, two pendants and corner pieces with rulings in silver paint. Condition: The spine is almost separated from the textblock. Many quires are loose. Dimensions: 30.3 × 21 × 4.4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 610.


Origin: 5 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1144 AH; 30 May 1732 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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