Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 243 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mukhtaṣar fī al-Naḥw (compendium of Arabic grammar, with commentary).
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 9 Rajab 1044 / 29 Dec 1634 Scribe: Anonymous.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.220; GAL Supp. II.309

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 120 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.2 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Severe worm damage.


23 lines per page.

Not ruled. Some red (more black) overlining. Catchwords.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: notes.


Plain brown leather with a lighter brown spine, Indian style, with an envelope flap. Cardboard doublures (inside of flap: leather). Decorations: Pressure moulded turanj and pendants; a single pendant on the flap. Condition: Riddled with wormholes. The lower board with the flap is detached. Dimensions: 22.8 × 14 × 1.8 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 593.


Origin: 9 Rajab 1044 AH; 29 Dec 1634 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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