Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 244 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Wiqāyat al-Riwāyah fī Masāʾil al-Hidāyah (a commentary on the Hidāyah).
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 14 Shaʿbān 1160 (year 39) / 21 Aug 1747 Scribe: Hidāyat Allāh ibn Sayyid ʿAṭāʾ Allāh هدايت الله بن سيد عطا الله .

Colophon further notes: Year 3(1?) has been adjusted in red ink to year 39. The year is either 1116 or 1160.


Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.1395, no. 2590 [BL IO Islamic 582]
Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.376; GAL Supp. I.644
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.119 [BL Add. 7265 Rich.]
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.187, nos. 285, 286 [BL Or. 1194, BL Or. 1195]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 30 × 20 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21 × 10.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Water damage. Repairs to margins.


17-21 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


The manuscript contains marginal and interlinear notes.


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: "C. TAYLOR" and "G.R" below horned crown). Condition: The boards are warped. Dimensions: 30.5 × 20.5 × 3.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 611.


Origin: 14 Shaʿbān 1160 (year 39) AH; 21 Aug 1747 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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