Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 458 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Fawāʾid al-Ḍiyāʾīyah (Ḥāshiyah on the Kāfiyah of Ibn al-Ḥājib).
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 1025 / 1616 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The marginal super-commentary was added in 1030.


Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.608, no.894 [Bodl. Ouseley 288 (work 2)]
Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.304 (no. 13); GAL Supp. I.533
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.232 no.491 [BL Arund. Or. 48]
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.610, no.949 [BL Or. 4204]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.259, no.921 [BL IO Islamic 199]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 244 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.5 × 13.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13.5 × 7 cm.
Foliation: Partially foliated (skips ff.230-237).


Rodent damage. Initial 2 folios are replacements.


15 lines per page.

Partially ruled in double red.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: erased seal.


Brown leather, European style. Watermarked paper doublures ("Whatman"). Dimensions: 23 × 14 × 3.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 608+.


Origin: 1025 AH; 1616 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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