Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 394 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Maqāmāt al-Ḥarīrī.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 4 Rabīʿ II 1112 / 18 Sep 1700 Scribe: Anonymous.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.76-8
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.318 no.661 [BL Add. 7292 Rich.]
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.635 no.1006 [BL Or. 2790]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.235 no.808 [BL IO Islamic 2378]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 300 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.5 × 17.4 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


9-10 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: seal (Ghulām ... Muḥammad). Codex contains numerous interlinear and marginal annotations and the main text was widely spaced to allow for this.


Dark brown leather, European style. Watermarked paper doublures (J. Whatman). Dimensions: 22.3 × 17 × 4.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1012.


Origin: 4 Rabīʿ II 1112 AH; 18 Sep 1700 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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