Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 421 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Niqāyah with author’s commentary, Itmām al-Dirāyah.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Place: Murādābād Date: 27 Dhū-l-Ḥijjah, 1164, year 4 (i.e. reign of Aḥmad Shāh) / 16 Nov 1751 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Some details in a note on f.1r; other details taken from from the colophon.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.156; GAL Supp. II.195
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.213, no. 432 [BL Add. 7523 Rich.]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 120 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


19 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: seal of Rafīʿ al-dīn Muḥammad Khān, 1166.

Collated and corrected in 1169 according to note on f.1r.


Reddish leather, Indian style. A pressure molded turanj and two pendants. Plain leather doublures. Dimensions: 22.5 × 13.7 × 1.8 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1090.


Origin: Murādābād; 27 Dhū-l-Ḥijjah, 1164, year 4 (i.e. reign of Aḥmad Shāh) AH; 16 Nov 1751 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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