Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 228 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of al-Tuḥfat al-Saʿdīyah.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 8 Shaʿbān 967 / 4 May 1560 Scribe: ʿAlī Naqī Niʿmat Allāhī (fl. 1560-80) على نقى نعمت اللهى .

Colophon further notes: Dated in an internal colophon (the final colophon has 3 Rajab but no year is mentioned).

Note concerning manuscript: First two folios: a separate introduction (?) in same hand. F.167r: an internal colophon prior to a blank opening with the following text beginning on f.168v. . F.380v: apparently the start of a new work (ff.380v-381r are ruled in double red and there is no remargining of folios from here on).


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.212 (no. 7)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 447 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 26.2 × 19.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 12 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Fully remargined up until f.379.


31 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


F.204 is an inserted diagram bound upside down between folios 203 and 205.

Signs of collation.


Dark reddish brown leather, Indian style, with an envelope flap. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Pressure moulded patterns on the inside of the flap. Condition: The upper board is detached along with the first 3 folios. Dimensions: 25.8 × 18.7 × 4.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 619.


Origin: 8 Shaʿbān 967 AH; 4 May 1560 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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