Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 315 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Story (qiṣṣat) of the Four Dervishes.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The date on the final folio in another hand is probably the date of collation (1189).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.762 [BL Add. 8917 (where another possible author is Anjab, i.e. , Badīʿ al-ʿAṣr, Ḥājī Rabīʿ - and yet another possibility is Muḥammad ʿAlī Maʿṣūm)]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.505, no. 739 [BL IO Islamic 2480]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.423, no. 443 [Bodl. Ouseley 221]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part III A.F.L. Beeston 1954 p.17 no. 2516 [Bodl. Ms. Ind. Inst. Pers. 92]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 90 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.7 × 14.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


14 lines per page.

Ruled in double red. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: seal of Mīr Abū ʿAlī Khān Bahādur (1134?). Inspection note dated 4 Rajab 1187.

Note on f.1r indicates has been collated (date on f.90v in another hand: 16 Dhū-l-Ḥijjah 1189).


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. An inlayed turanj and two pendants. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 23.4 × 14.5 × 1.3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 839.


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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