Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 292(1) (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Fatāva-i ʿĀlamgīrī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 2 Safar 1200 / 5 Dec 1785 Scribe: Imām Bakhsh امام بخش .

Colophon further notes: The same scribe copied King's Pote 73 and King's Pote 102 and Eton Pote 323. [One wonders if he could be the Urdu poet of Lucknow whose poetic name was Nāsikh; he lived 1771 or 1776 -1838].


Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.377
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.191 no.299 [BL Or. 1110]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.5 × 19.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 12 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in yellow with black and a navy outer. Rubrications in red.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Imām Bakhsh امام بخش.


Marbled paper with a suede spine, European style. Watermarked paper doublures. Dimensions: 23 × 20 × 3.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 786.


Origin: 2 Safar 1200 AH; 5 Dec 1785 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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