Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 368 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of al-Muṭawwal (commentary upon Talkhīṣ al-Mitfāḥ).
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Colophon does not provide information on copying.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.295; GAL Supp. I.518
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.254 [BL Add. 9616 (1193H)]
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.621, no. 983 [BL Or. 4355]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.246 no.852 [BL IO Bijapur 251]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 298 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22 × 15.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


21 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrication in red. Catchwords.


Script: naskh. Quality: First folio added later in nasta_liq. Other folios have been replaced in a different naskh hand (e.g. ff.9-30). Scribe: Anonymous.


Numerous marginal notes.


Marbled paper with a leather spine, Indian style. Marbled paper doublures. Dimensions: 22.5 × 16 × 4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1007.


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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