Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 264 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Sharḥ Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī.

Note concerning author: Author also known as Baṭlamiyūs.

Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Saturday first 10 days Dhū-l-Qaʿdah 921 / Dec 1515 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: A collation note in another hand below the colophon is dated 1131 = 10th Mihr 645 Maliki - Muḥammad ʿĀbid ibn ʿAbd al-Karīm.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.511; GAL Supp. I.931
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.186 no.389 [BL Add. 7474 Rich.]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.216 no.742 [BL IO Islamic 681]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 436 folios (according to notes on f.1r).
Dimensions (leaf): 25.3 × 15.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20 × 10.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


23-24 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: 7 or more seals mostly smudged. An inspection note is dated year 1069. Codex contains some diagrams (circles and arcs) in red and black.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. Pressure molded central turanj and two pendants. Marbled paper doublures. Condition: The upper board and the spine are partly detached. Dimensions: 25 × 15 × 6 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 606.


Origin: Saturday first 10 days Dhū-l-Qaʿdah 921 AH; Dec 1515 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 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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