Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 59 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Bustān al-ʿĀrifīn.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: ʿAvaz̤ ibn Muḥammad Muʿīn عوض بن محمد معين .


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.196; GAL Supp. I.348
A hand-list of the Muḥammadan manuscripts, including all those written in the Arabic character, preserved in the Library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1900) p.21 [Camb. Qq.157]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 82 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.8 × 14.6 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.5 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


23 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Quality: (change of hand to naskh after f.5). Scribe: ʿAvaz̤ ibn Muḥammad Muʿīn عوض بن محمد معين.


Reddish brown plain leather, European style. Plain European paper doublures. Watermarked "C. TAYLOR" and elsewhere "G.R.". Dimensions: 21.2 × 14.8 × 1.8 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 94.


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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