Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 333 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Taḥrīr al-Aḥkām.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Ms seems to be missing its first page.

Note concerning work: BL Or. 8329 (721H) is apparently a partial autograph of this work. See A Classified Handlist of Arabic Manuscripts Acquired Since 1912: Islamic law by R. Vassie (1995), p.33 no.227.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.164; GAL Supp. II.208
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.138 no.260 [BL Add. 6533]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 450 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 30 × 17.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


19 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer (the first extant page is ruled in double red, yellow and blue). Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Brown leather, Indian style. Gold inlayed turanj , pendants and corner pieces. Plain leather doublures. Condition: The spine is disintegrating. The boards are detached. Dimensions: 29.6 × 16.6 × 6.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: (no number found).


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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