Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 249 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Sullam al-ʿUlūm (“Ladder of Sciences”) with commentary (Maʾraj al-ʿUlūm). 1 copy of Risālah min ʿAllāqah Sharḥ Sullam.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Sunday 13 Shaʿbān 1200 / 11 Jun 1786 Scribe: Ḥāfiẓ Muḥammad Saʿādat Allāh Khān Jalsīrī حافظ محمد سعادت الله خان جلسيرى .

Colophon further notes: The same scribe penned King's 137 and King's 67.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 180 + c. 14 folios = c. 194 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.8 × 13.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


13 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Marbled paper on suede with a suede spine, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: L with CV and inverted V). Dimensions: 24.5 × 15.8 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 627.


Origin: Undated. Sunday 13 Shaʿbān 1200 AH; 11 Jun 1786 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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