Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 41 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Ashraf al-Wasāʾil ilā Fahm al-Shamāʾil.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Saturday 15th Ramaḍān. The year is not provided. A note below the colophon states that the manuscript was written in 995/1587. However, it was probably written before that.

Note concerning work: This work is also ascribed to Abū Bakr ibn Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh Shāfiʿī.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.389 (32; alt. title: Ashraf al-Madākhil ilā Maʿrifat al-Shamāʾil)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 19.6 × 11 cm.
Dimensions (written): 12.5 × 6.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


23 lines per page.

Not ruled. A few rubrications in red.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: a seal (Maḥmūd, 1041).


Plain Browne leather with an envelope flap. Red marbled paper doublures. Decorations: Impression of turanj and two pendants. Condition: The spine is in poor condition, detached from the textblock. Serious worm damage generally. Dimensions: 19.5 × 10.3 × 3.8 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 20.


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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