Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 247 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Maṭāliʿ al-Anwār (commentary).
Commentator: Anonymous
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.467; GAL Supp. I.848

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Pink paper.
Extent: c. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24 × 13.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.5 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


The first 4 folios are replacements. Repairs to the margins.


19 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: naskh. Quality: Fine. Scribe: Anonymous.


Final page: a seal (Kamāl Muḥammad Qāżī, 1170).

Signs of collation.


Cardboard with a leather spine, Indian style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 24.3 × 13.3 × 3.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 607.


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


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