Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 51 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Baḥr al-Jawāhir.

Note concerning author: Harāvī was a physician.

Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 20 Muḥarram, year 45 of ʿĀlamgīr [Aurangzeb], i.e. c.1112 / c.1700 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: On medicine and materia medica.


Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.312

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 229 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.6 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Foliated (in a strange way).




20 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: a seal, partially erased. The manuscript contains marginal notes.

Signs of collation.


Marbled paper on board with leather spine, Indian style. Plain brown doublures. Dimensions: 22.9 × 12.6 × 3.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 87.


Origin: 20 Muḥarram, year 45 of ʿĀlamgīr [Aurangzeb], i.e. c.1112 AH; c.1700 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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