Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 227 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kitāb al-Ashbāh wa-l-Naẓāʾir.
Commentator: Anonymous
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: A manual of Ḥanafī jurisprudence.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.310; GAL Supp. II.425
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.124 no.223 [BL Add. 7285 Rich.]
A hand-list of the Muḥammadan manuscripts, including all those written in the Arabic character, preserved in the Library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1900) no. 886, p.162 [Camb. Dd.5.42]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.66 no.272 [BL IO Islamic 1871]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 500 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.3 × 15.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.




17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


Brown leather, Indian style, with an envelope flap. Plain paper doublures. Decorations: Moulded turanj, two pendants and corner pieces. A lozenge and two corner pieces on the flap, with cartouche and two diamond-shaped decorations on the spine of the flap. Dimensions: 22.2 × 14.7 × 7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 594.


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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