Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 29 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Alfāẓ al-Adwiyah.

Note concerning author: Nūr al-Dīn Muḥammad b. ʿAbd Allāh was physician to ʿAyn al-Mulk Shīrāzī.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: A chronogram date, "38", seems to relate to the date of composition (1038).

Note concerning work: Treatise on pharmacology and materia medica. Written 1038/1628-9, dedicated to Shāh Jahān.


Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.966, no. 1603 [Bodl. Fraser 195]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.381
Edition: F. Gladwin, Calcutta, 1806

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 86 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.7 × 16 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Worm damage.


23-24 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Flyleaf: a seal (1175, Ghulām Nabī Khān). Following the colophon there are more than 2 pages of notes.



Suede, light tan leather, European style, with marbled paper on boards. Dimensions: 25.2 × 16.4 × 1.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 45.


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

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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