Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 248(2) (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: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: F.296r: scribe's name and year both erased (96*?).

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
Support: Crispy thin paper, highly burnished.
Extent: 288 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 29 × 17.4 cm.
Dimensions (written): 22 × 12 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


21 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: Naskh. Quality: Neat. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: purchased at the end of Dhū al-Qaʿdah 1177.

Signs of collation.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style with an envelope flap. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: A painted gold ruled frame (also on the inside of the flap). Dimensions: 28.7 × 17 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 604.


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


    Work in multiple volumes bearing the class-marks: 248(1), 248(2), 248(3).

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge



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