Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 261 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Shamāʾil al-Nabī.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Year 46 [also: Muḥammad ʿArab, year 1027] Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Contains interlinear Persian translations for difficult words.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.161-2; GAL Supp. I.268
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.98 no.148 [BL Add. 9586]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 150 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 19 × 13 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 7 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


9 lines per page.

Ruled in black-outlined gold with a lapis outer. Rubrications in red and in gold (prior to each hadith).


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v has illuminated sarlauh in lapis, gold and green.


Ownership note dated 20 Jumādā I 1161: bought for 3 rupees.


Marbled paper with a leather spine, Indian style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 19 × 12.5 × 2.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 613.


Origin: Year 46 [also: Muḥammad ʿArab, year 1027] AH

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 second half alphabetically going to Eton. 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

Manuscript description based on D.S. Margoliouth, Catalogue of the Oriental Manuscripts in the Library of Eton College, Oxford, 1904 enhanced with additional descriptions and corrections by Shiva Mihan.


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

Eton College


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