Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 430 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Hidāyah al-Fiqh (from the book of Nikāḥ to the book of Waqf).

Note concerning author: This author's name is provided in the colophon. An author of a work of this title is Marghinani [person_6339279]. There is also a Hidayat al-Hikmah by Athir al-din Abhari. Various other Hidayah's are listed in Ethe IO catalogue p.399.

Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Tuesday 21 Shaʿbān year 1093 / 25 Aug 1682 Scribe: Mullā Ṣāliḥ ibn Shaykh Bad-hū ملا صالح بن شيخ بدهو .

Colophon further notes: Dated by chronogram. Composed by Ibn Ḥāfiẓ Aḥmad (from Paraknah, resident of Lahore). End of volume 1. (But a note on f.1r states this is the first part of the second volume).


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 209 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.5 × 15 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 8.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


19 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


F.1r: 2 erased seals. Final folio: 2 seals, one of them erased.


Brown leather, European style. Watermaked paper doublures ("C. Taylor"). Dimensions: 22 × 15 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1128.


Origin: Tuesday 21 Shaʿbān year 1093 AH; 25 Aug 1682 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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