Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 9 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of al-Mawāqif [fī ʿilm al-kalām] with commentary [Aʿrāḍ wa-Jawāhir?].
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Incomplete so there is no colophon.

Note concerning work: SOAS ms. 44483 is a copy dated 770/1369 (from the lifetime of the commentator).


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.208-9; GAL Supp. II.289-90
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.110 no.177 [BL Arund. Or. 40]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.114 no. 438 [BL IO Bijapur 221, 245]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 250 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.2 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


19 lines per page.

Not ruled. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


Flyleaf: a quire collation note in the same hand of Henry Bradshaw indicates that parts are missing at the start and at the end. Browne says it has many other lacunae.

Signs of collation.


European style, suede. Plain European paper doublures. Flyleaf bears watermark ("J.WHATMAN"). Dimensions: 24.7 × 14.3 × 3.7 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 22.


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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