Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 341 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of ʿArāʾis al-Majālis.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 25 Ramaḍān 936 / 23 May 1530 Scribe: ʿAlī ibn Mūsā ibn ʿAlī al-Manūfī al-Muqrī على بن موسى بن على المنوفى المقرى .


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.350; GAL Supp. I.592
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.297 no.494 [BL Or. 1428]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 350 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 27.2 × 18 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21 × 14 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


27 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


F.1r: two seals.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. Pressure molded central turanj and two pendants. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 26.6 × 17.8 × 5.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 885.


Origin: 25 Ramaḍān 936 AH; 23 May 1530 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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