Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 434 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Sharḥ Hidāyat al-Ḥikmah.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Composition date: Shawwāl 880.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.464; GAL Supp. I.840
A descriptive list of the Arabic manuscripts acquired by the Trustees of the British Museum since 1894, A. G. Ellis and E. Edwards (1912) p.7 [BL Or. 5817]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.136 no.487 [BL IO Bijapur 164]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 120 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.2 × 13.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 7 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


Codex contains numerous marginal notes.


Marbled paper with a leather spine, Indian style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 24.3 × 13.5 × 1.8 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1029.


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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