Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 63 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kitāb Badw al-Khalq.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Jumādā I, 975 / Nov 1567 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: An author on the first page is named as ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Munshī al-Makkī - this seems to refer to the author of the poetry there.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.350; GAL Supp. I.592

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: The final few pages are in another hand.
Extent: c. 450 Folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.7 × 20 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 13.5 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Worm damage in margins.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Script: Naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: a small seal (Muḥammad Ẓafar). The manuscript contains marginal notes.


Plain leather, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked). Dimensions: 26.2 × 20.5 × 5.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 88.


Origin: Jumādā I, 975 AH; Nov 1567 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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