Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 307(1) (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Qāmūs with commentary on the Preface.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Monday 26 Jumādā I 974 / 9 Dec 1566 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: An earlier internal colophon after the first part is dated later, 1078.

Note concerning manuscript: First part in another hand and dated later (1078). Some folios (e.g. f.89) are replacements in another hand.


Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.959, no. 1590 [Bodl. Ouseley 174]; col.992, no. 1672 [Bodl. Ouseley 319]
Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.181-3; GAL Supp. II.234
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.229 no.473 [BL Add. 7439 Rich.]
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.588, no.874 [BL Or. 1172]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 650 Folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 26.5 × 18 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17.5 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Partially foliated.




29 (16 in first part) lines per page.

The first part is not ruled. Later folios are ruled in gold and black. Rubrications in gold and in red.


Script: naskh. Quality: (first part, which is dated later, is innasta_liq). Scribe: Anonymous.


F.??v (start of second part): illuminated sarlauh .


Flyleaf: inspection note (Rabīʿ II 1081). F.1r: seal (Amjad Khan, devotee of Shāh ʿĀlam); inspection notes (2 Jumādā II, 1088; 27 Ramaḍān, year 31; 7 Shaʿbān, 1101; 28 Shaʿbān, year 4; 5 Rabīʿ II year 5). Prior to second part: an unusual seal with Greek or cryptic letters alongside purchase note (Ahmadabad, Gujarat, 360 rupees, in 1040, signed Muḥammad al-Ḥusaynī al-Shāfiʿī al-Madanī); purchase note (Rabīʿ II 1076, Jahanabad, signed Jalāl b. Sharaf al-dīn ʿAlī al-Lārī).

Signs of collation (a note indicates collated in 1078).


Dark brown leather, Indian style. A gold inlayed turanj , pendants and corner pieces. Plain leather doublures. Dimensions: 26.7 × 17 × 7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 830 (?).


Origin: Monday 26 Jumādā I 974 AH; 9 Dec 1566 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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