Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 86 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kashshāf.
Title: Kashshāf
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: First two folios (with repairs): a table of contents with folio numbers. It begins with surah Maryam. Contains only the second half of the work (surah Maryam to the end).


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.290; GAL Supp. I.507
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.62 no.64 [BL Add. 7235 Rich.]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 294 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 28 × 20.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 1.5 × 13 cm.
Foliation: Foliated only at start of each sura.


Worm damage. Extensive repairs.


31 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Script: plain. Quality: Bad. Scribe: Anonymous.


The manuscript contains numerous marginal notes. Browne: the notes at the end are in Malay.

Signs of collation.


Brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublure (watermarked: "L.V.C."). Decorations: The spine is embossed: "The Koran by Zamashkhari. Part II". Dimensions: 28.5 × 22.3 × 5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 185.


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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