Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 358 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Malfūẓāt.

Note concerning author: Could the transcriber be Zayn-i Badr-i ‘Arabī = Zayn-i Badr-i ‘Arabī, the compiler of 151 treatises on sufism in BL Or 7535 and BL Or. 5740 fl. 769?

Language(s): Unknown

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: F.250v: colophon, which does not provide a date (the 2nd work in Hindustani contains a date 16 Rabīʿ I 1189; the 3rd work dated 24 Rabīʿ II 1189).

Note concerning manuscript: F.1r: list of (some) chapters with folio count for each. First few folios contain a Preface describing 63 chapters. Main work of 250 folios is follow by 10 folios (Hinudstani) and 7 folios with some other text (mixture of Hindustani and Persian).


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 250 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24 × 13.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


19 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Brown leather, Indian style. An inlayed turanj and pendants framed in a band of cartouches. Doublures in purple speckled paper. Condition: The upper board is detached. Dimensions: 23.5 × 13 × 4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1016.


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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