Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 281 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of ʿUjālah Nāfiʿah (abridgement of the ʿIlāj Amrāḍ).

Note concerning author: The Patna / Bankipore catalogue states that a man of the abridger's name and author of a work of this title (a pharmacopia in Persian) was "a famous Indian physician of the time of Shāh ʿĀlam and Akbar n. (a.h. 1173-1253 = a.d. 1759-1837), who became the head of a school of medicine, the followers of which are known among the Indians as Sharif Khanis, as opposed to 'Alawi Khanis, the followers of the school founded by 'Alawi Khan (d. 1160 a.h.), the celebrated court physician of Muhammad Shah of Delhi... He died in a.h. 1231 = a.d. 1815." Probably identical with Khān, Sharīf, 1725?-1815 or 1816.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Shāhjahānābād Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Begins with 6 page detailed table of contents (with folios numbers).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.475 [BL Add 23560/4 (another work by Yūsufī with reference to his ʿIlāj Amrāḍ as a versified treatise of therapeutics)]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.2 p.285

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 197 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 31.8 × 17.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 25 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


30 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: note on monies required for the copy (binding, paper and scribe: 22 rupees).


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. An inlayed metal turanj , pendants and corner pieces. Reddish brown leather doublures. Dimensions: 31.7 × 17.5 × 3.3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 740.


Origin: Shāhjahānābād 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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