Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 268 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Sharḥ Hidāyat al-Ḥikmah.
Title: Ṣadrā
Title: صدرا
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Thursday 2 Jumādā I, year 25 Scribe: ʿAbd al-Raḥmān عبد الرحمان .


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.464; GAL Supp. I.840
A descriptive list of the Arabic manuscripts acquired by the Trustees of the British Museum since 1894, A. G. Ellis and E. Edwards (1912) p.7 [BL Or. 5759]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.138 no.496 [BL IO Islamic 1357]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Dimensions (leaf): 27.7 × 15.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 22 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


21 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Brown leather, Indian style with flap. Pressure molded turanj and pendants. Pendant on the flap. Marbled paper doublures. Dimensions: 27.5 × 15.5 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 669.


Origin: Thursday 2 Jumādā I, year 25 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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