Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 381 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Marāḥ al-Arwāḥ.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Place: Anulah Date: Saturday 21 Jumādā I, year 6 Aḥmad Shāh (i.e. 1166) / 26 Mar 1753 Scribe: Anonymous.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.21; GAL Supp. II.14
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.233 no.497 [BL Arund. Or. 34/2]
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.616 no.968 [BL Or.4342/1]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 66 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.2 × 15 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


5 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Flyleaf: table of contents. F.1v: seal (Sayyid ʿAlīm Allāh, 1170) [Similar in Eton Pote 383]. F.2r: seal (Sayyid ʿAlīm Allāh, 1169). F.66: 2 seals. Codex contains many interlinear and marginal notes (text was widely spaced to allow this).


Brown leather, Indian style. A pressure molded turanj and pendants. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 21 × 14.5 × 1.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1001.


Origin: Anulah; Saturday 21 Jumādā I, year 6 Aḥmad Shāh (i.e. 1166) AH; 26 Mar 1753 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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