Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 235 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of al-Mawāqif (with commentary).
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Early Shawwāl, 807, and Samarqand are the date and place of composition.

Note concerning manuscript: The first 10 folios are replacements in another hand. F.341 marks a change of hand.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.208-9; GAL Supp. II.289-90
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.110 no.177 [BL Arund. Or. 40]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Chickpea coloured paper.
Extent: 518 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24 × 13.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Worm damage. Repairs in the gutter.


21 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrication in large bold black and black overlining. Catchwords.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


Many marginal notes.

Signs of collation.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style, with an envelope flap. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Moulded turanj, two pendants and corner pieces. A pendant with two corner pieces on the flap. Condition: Damage to the flap. Dimensions: 23.7 × 13.5 × 7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 616.


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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