Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 452 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Anwār al-Tanzīl.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.417; GAL Supp. I.738
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.64 no.70 [BL Or. Harl. 5477]
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.68 no.116 [BL Or. 4258]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.15, no. 70 [BL IO Bijapur 279]
Catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 2), C.A. Storey, A.J. Arberry and R.Levy (1930-40) p.34, no.1109 [BL IO Delhi Ar. 5]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Well-burnished paper.
Extent: c. 400 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.3 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


27 lines per page.

Ruled in gold and double blue. Rubrications in red and in gold.


Script: naskh. Quality: Fine. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: illuminated shamsa. F.1v: illuminated sarlauh .


Signs of collation.


Black leather, Indian style. A pressure molded turanj , pendants and corner pieces with gold ruling. Plain leather doublures. Condition: The binding is separated from the text block. Dimensions: 21 × 13.8 × 6 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 183+.


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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