Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 289 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Commentary on the Shamsīyah.

Note concerning author: The commentator is very likely Siyālkūtī, ʻAbd al-Ḥakīm ibn Shams al-Dīn, d. 1067/1656 (a logician). Other commentators are Quṭb al-Taḥtānī and Taftāzānī. Leiden Or. 2920 is a gloss and supergloss by Siyalkuti on the gloss of al-Jurjani (d.816/1413) and the commentary of Quṭb al-Taḥtānī on the Shamsīya of Najm al-din Qazwini so perhaps this is another copy of the same work.

Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 11 Shaʿbān 1053 / 25 Oct 1643 Scribe: Anonymous.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.466; GAL Supp. I.845
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.143 no.518 [BL IO Bijapur 152]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 237 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 10.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13.5 × 6 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Worm damage.


19 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Flyleaf: partially smudged seal.


Marbled paper with a leather spine, Indian style. Marbled paper doublures. Dimensions: 18.2 × 10.5 × 3.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 739.


Origin: 11 Shaʿbān 1053 AH; 25 Oct 1643 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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