Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 365 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of al-Mabdaʾ wa-l-Maʿād.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Margoliouth refers to this as an epitome of the same author’s al-Asfār al-Arbaʿah. But, in fact, al-Mabdaʾ wa-l-Maʿād was completed in 1015/1606, a quarter of a century before the author’s magnum opus al-Asfār al-Arbaʿah. For the latter see https://www.fihrist.org.uk/catalog/work_3033.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 226 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.2 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18.7 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


20 lines per page.

Ruled in double red. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Decorated sarlauh in red ink.


F.1r : 3 seals (one: ʿIbād Allāh 1188; another: Ghulām Aḥmad Khān, 1182).


Dark brown leather, Indian style. Red leather doublures. Condition: The upper board is detached. Dimensions: 24.5 × 15 × 4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 972.


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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