Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 99 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Wafāʾ al-Wafā bi-Akhbār Dār al-Muṣṭafā.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 24 Jumādā II 1004 / 24 Feb 1596 Scribe: ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Muḥammad ibn Ādam al-Jabartī (fl. 1595-96) عبد الرحمن بن محمد بن آدم الجبرتى .

Colophon further notes: The composition was completed in Shawwāl 886 (Nov-Dec 1481) in Mecca.

Note concerning work: Composed 886/1481-2.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.173-4; GAL Supp. II.223

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 287 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 29.7 × 20.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 23 × 14.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


35 lines per page.

Ruled in single red except ff.1v-2r which is ruled in gold and brown. Rubrications in red.


F.1v: a narrow decorated sarlauh .


Flyleaf: an acquisition note (7 Shawwāl year 45) explains the work is a history of Medina.

Marks of ṣaḥḥa .


Plain reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures (watermarked: "Whatman . C"). Dimensions: 30.3 × 20.5 × 5.2 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 162.


Origin: 24 Jumādā II 1004 AH; 24 Feb 1596 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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