Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 280 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of ʿAjāʾib al-Makhlūqāt (the Arabic original).
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Final 7 folios has appearance of 2nd work in same hand.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.462 [BL Add. 16739]; p.995 [BL Or. 1621]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.399, no. 397 [Bodl. Ouseley 312]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part III A.F.L. Beeston 1954 p.15 no. 2506 [Bodl. Ms. Pers. d. 61]
Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.478; GAL Supp. I.878
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.1 p.126
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.185 no.386 [BL Add. 7504 Rich.]
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.473 no.698 [BL Or. 1527]
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.208, no. 126 [Camb. Nn. 3.74]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.209, no. 723 [BL IO Islamic 845]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 250 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.9 × 16.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19.5 × 12.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


23 lines per page.

Ruled in red and blue with a red outer (only the first few folios and a few later on are ruled). Rubrications in red.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r 3 seals and an inspection note dated 19 Shawwāl year 27. Codex includes a diagram and table around f.50.


Green cardboard with a leather spine, Indian style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 24.6 × 17.3 × 4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 743.


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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