Richard Pococke's herbarium and manuscript index

Rachel Finnegan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This article examines Richard Pococke's 'lost' herbarium and manuscript index. These items, which have formed part of the Heritage Library Collection of the Qatar National Library since 1993, have escaped the attention of all but one scholar, who published the results of his scientific examination of the medicinal specimens in 1997 and concluded that the index was the work of a professional. This study traces the transmission of the collection, offers an approximate date for its creation, and argues that Pococke had gained sufficient knowledge of botany and plant taxonomy in later life to compile the semi-professional botanical index himself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-28
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the History of Collections
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Richard Pococke's herbarium and manuscript index'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this