Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 359 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Munājāt (dialogue between Dil and Jān).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Lahore Date: Undated Scribe: Muḥammad Zāhid ibn Shaykh ʿAbd al-Raḥmān محمد زاهد بن شيخ عبد الرحمان .


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.33 [BL Add. 16833 (a Munājāt by Anṣārī)]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 50 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 12.6 × 7.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 8 × 4.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


7 lines per page.

Ruled in gold black, red and dark blue with a blue outer marginal frame. Rubrications in red.


Double page frontispiece has gold sarlauh and gold drawings in the margin. Gold speckles on the text block throughout.


Seal of Polier (1181).


Lacquer binding in gold, vermillion and green, with a red leather spine, Indian style. Gold design on red leather (?) doublures. Dimensions: 12.7 × 7.5 × 0.8 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1018.


Origin: Lahore 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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