Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 265 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Ṣiḥāḥ al-Jawharī.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Thursday 17 Dhū-l-Qaʿdah 1053 / 27 Jan 1644 Scribe: Dūst Muḥammad ibn Mullā Darvīsh Muḥammad Ḥamdānī دوست محمد بن ملا درويش محمد حمدانى .

Colophon further notes: This same scribe might have copied an illustrated Shahnameh, three years earlier, in 1050, BL IO Islamic 3682, with very similar ruling, although this time in nastaʿlīq - see https://blogs.bl.uk/asian-and-african/2013/12/an-overlooked-17th-century-illustrated-shahnamah.html (where the scribe gives his name as Karbalāʾī).


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.128; GAL Supp. I.196
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.227 no.467 [BL Add. 7434 Rich.]
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.576 no.845 [BL Or. 2840]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 600 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 37.8 × 21.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 26 × 13 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


27 lines per page.

The first opening is ruled in gold, brown and blue. Later folios are ruled in yellow and red with blue. Rubrications in red.


F.1v: illuminated sarlauh .


Flyleaf: seal (1175). F.1r is pasted over the original which contained notes (one dated Shawwāl 1111; another Rabīʿ II year 25) and a seal.


Striped fabric, covering leather (the doublures are similar). Dimensions: 38 × 22 × 8.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 666.


Origin: Thursday 17 Dhū-l-Qaʿdah 1053 AH; 27 Jan 1644 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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