Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 273 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Sharḥ al-Mishkāt (itself a commentary upon the Maṣābīḥ of Baghawī).
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 7 Ramaḍān (during time of Bābur, r. 932-6) / during 1525-9 Scribe: Abū Yazīd ibn ʿIwaẓ ibn Ḥājjī ibn Yūnus ibn Muḥammad ibn Ismaʿīl Sūrānī al-Bākharzī (fl. c. 1525) ابو يزيد بن عواظ بن حاجى بن يونس بن محمد بن اسمعيل سورانى الباخرزى .

Colophon further notes: The precise year is not provided.

Note concerning manuscript: Missing the start of the Preface.

Note concerning work: The work might also be known as al-Kashif 'an al-Haqa'iq al-Sunan or simply Sharh Ṭayyibī.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.364; GAL Supp. I.621
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.37 no.157 [BL IO Bijapur 113 and 114]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 650 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 36 × 24.4 cm.
Dimensions (written): 26 × 18 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


27 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Brown leather, Indian style. Marbled paper doublures. Condition: The spine is disintegrating and separating. Dimensions: 35.5 × 23.5 × 9 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 704.


Origin: 7 Ramaḍān (during time of Bābur, r. 932-6) AH; during 1525-9 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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