Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 231 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Sharḥ Ishārāt.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The date 644 in the final colophon is the date of composition.

Note concerning manuscript: F.106v: an internal colophon at the end of the section on logic. F.107v: the start of another part of the work (natural sciences) in a different hand and format (more lines per page).


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: The second part is on darker paper.
Extent: c. 350 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22 × 11.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Partially foliated.


21 and 25 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: numerous notes and erased seals. F.107r: notes and seals (one dated 1181).

Signs of collation.


Light brown leather, European style. Plain brown paper doublures. Decorations: Tooled patterns in two bands, further tooling on the spine. Embossed: "Sharhi Isharati Nasar udini Toosi". Dimensions: 23.1 × 12.2 × 3.8 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 595.


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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