Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 237(1) (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mūjiz al-Qānūn fī ʿIlm al-Ṭibb (with commentary).
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Place: Multān Date: 27 Ramaḍān 1108 (year 42 ʿĀlamgīr) / 19 Apr 1697 Scribe: ʿAbd Allāh عبد الله .

Colophon further notes: F.184v: an internal colophon (Shaʿbān).

Note concerning manuscript: The manuscript is divided into parts with part 2 beginning on f.185v.

Note concerning work: This commentary is likely that known as al-Mughnī.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.457;GAL I.493; GAL Supp. I.825
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.546 [BL Or. 2794]
A hand-list of the Muḥammadan manuscripts, including all those written in the Arabic character, preserved in the Library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1900) p.227 [Camb. Dd.10.3]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 368 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 7 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: ʿAbd Allāh عبد الله.


Flyleaves and f.1r: pages of chemical recipes. F.1r: an acquisition note (1110), another (1111). F.197: a note signed Mulla "12". Many marginal notes.


Marbled paper with leather spine, Indian style. Tan plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 23 × 13.7 × 4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 623.


Origin: Multān; 27 Ramaḍān 1108 (year 42 ʿĀlamgīr) AH; 19 Apr 1697 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


    Work in multiple volumes bearing the class-marks: 237(1), 237(2).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge



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