Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 236 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Sharḥ Ḥikmat al-ʿAyn.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 12 Jumādā II, 1106 / 28 Jan 1695 Scribe: Muḥammad Munīr al-Badāwanī محمد منير البداونى .

Colophon further notes: The replacements were finished on this date.

Note concerning work: Browne’s identification of the commentary and its author he states is mere conjecture.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.466; GAL Supp. I.847
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.139 no.498 [BL IO Islamic 623]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 243 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14.5 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Water and worm damage. F.1 is a replacement as are ff.4-9. Repairs to the margins and to worm damage.


23 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Signs of collation.


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: "C. TAYLOR"). Dimensions: 22.7 × 14 × 3.3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 601.


Origin: 12 Jumādā II, 1106 AH; 28 Jan 1695 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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