Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 331 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Muhaj al-Daʿawāt. 1 copy of Aḥkām Ziyārat Ḥaḍrat Imām Ḥusayn.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Place: Bardawan Date: 4 Dhū-l-Qaʿdah 1105 / 27 Jun 1694 Scribe: Muḥammad Ḥusayn ibn Muḥammad Qāsim al-Ḥusaynī Lāhijānī al-Gīlānī محمد حسين بن محمد قاسم الحسينى لاهجانى الگيلانى .

Colophon further notes: The scribe's name and the date appear at an internal colophon around halfway through. Commissioned by ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Khān ibn Islām Khān.

Note concerning manuscript: Codex contains many different items. Margoliouth broke it into two. Polier's title for the entire codex is Kulliyat Awrad Imamīya}.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.498; GAL Supp. I.912
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Saturday 18 Dhū-l-Qaʿdah 1100 / 3 Sep 1689; 9 Jumādā I 1105 / 6 Jan 1694 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The first date is at a second internal colophon.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 225 + c. 135 + c. 90 = c. 450 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23 × 13.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19.5 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


20 lines per page.

The first opening is ruled in gold and blue. Later folios are ruled in double red with a blue outer. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


F.1v: sarlauh .


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. Inlayed turanj and two pendants. Frames painted in silver. Marbled paper doublures. Condition: The lower board is detached. Dimensions: 22.5 × 13 × 4.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 898.


Origin: Bardawan; 4 Dhū-l-Qaʿdah 1105 AH; 27 Jun 1694 CE; Saturday 18 Dhū-l-Qaʿdah 1100 / 3 Sep 1689; 9 Jumādā I 1105 AH; 6 Jan 1694 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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