Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 98 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kitāb al-Ḍuʿafā [wa-l-Wāʿiẓīn].
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Ramaḍān. The year is not provided (unless if it 22 meaning 1022).


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.503 (no.25, under Ḥadīth); GAL Supp. I.917

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 150 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 30 × 16.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21.5 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Severe worm damage throughout.


25 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Script: naskh. Quality: Good. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: the seal of ʿIbād Allāh, 1188.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Pressure moulded turanj and two pendants. Condition: Very severe worm damage such that the leather is shredded and eaten as if by rodents. Dimensions: 29.7 × 16 × 3 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 156.


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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