Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 262 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of al-Shāfiyah fī al-Taṣrīf.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Some pages containing commentary have been attached. Text widely spaced allowing interlinear comments.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.305; GAL Supp. I.535
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.611, no.953 [BL Or. 4338 (al-Shāfiyah fī al-Ṣarf)]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.263, no.945 [BL IO Islamic 501]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 100 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Worm damage.


7 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: small seal.


Dark brown leather, Indian style. Brown leather doublures. Condition: Folios are loose at the beginning. Dimensions: 24 × 14 × 1.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 584.


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 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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