Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 38 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Commentary on al-Ādāb al-Bāqiyah. 1 copy of al-Ādāb al-Bāqiyah.
1. ff.1-90
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: A work on the science of controversy ( ʿIlm al-Jidāl ).


2. ff.91-124

Note concerning author: It seems the author is ʿAbd al-Bāqī ibn Ghawth al-Islām al-Ṣiddīqī al-Jawnpūrī.

Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Friday 23 Shawwāl 1094 / 15 Oct 1683 Scribe: Luṭf Allāh ibn Sayyid Niẓām al-dīn Mahānī لطف الله بن سيد نظام الدين مهانى .

Colophon further notes: The scribe was also the initial owner.

Note concerning work: A work on the science of controversy ( ʿIlm al-Jidāl ). It is possible this is the work of this title by ʿAbd al-Bāqī ibn Ghawth al-Islām al-Ṣiddīqī al-Jawnpūrī which is itself a gloss on al-Ādāb al-Sharīfīyah by ʿAlī ibn Muḥammad al-Jurjānī (d.816/1413). There are copies in Khuda Bakhsh 3790 and in BL IO Islamic 1351. See also Bodleian, MS. A. Walker 10.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.216; GAL Supp. II.305
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.150 no. 554 [BL IO Islamic 1351]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 90 + 34 = c. 124 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.5 × 12.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Script: naskh. Quality: Good. Scribe: Anonymous.


Signs of collation.


Plain brown leather, European style. Doublures European paper with watermark. Plain leather doublures. Dimensions: 22 × 13 × 2.3 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 15.


Origin: Undated. Friday 23 Shawwāl 1094 AH; 15 Oct 1683 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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