Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 367 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of al-Madkhal ilā ʿIlm Aḥkām al-Nujūm.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 26 Dhū-l-Qaʿdah 1079 / 27 Apr 1669 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Folios 3 and 8 (2 and 7) are bound out of place.


Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.198 no.415 [BL Add. 7490/4]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 393 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.3 × 13.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13.5 × 7.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated (twice).


11 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style with a stamped inlayed turanj and pendants. Marbled paper doublures. Dimensions: 21 × 13 × 4.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 994.


Origin: 26 Dhū-l-Qaʿdah 1079 AH; 27 Apr 1669 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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