Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 234 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tajrīd al-ʿAqāʾid (with commentary).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 375 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.7 × 15 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


19 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: three seals including a large circular seal (Qāżī Rafīʿ Ibn Kamāl Khādim-i Sharʿ-i Muḥammad) with a prayer in the border. F.375v: a seal after the colophon, which is the same as one on f.1r (dated: 1133).

Signs of collation.


Brown leather, Indian style. Plain green paper doublures. Decorations: Metal inlaid turanj, two pendants. Condition: Severe damage to the lower board. Dimensions: 25.5 × 14 × 4.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 597.


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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