Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 360 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Makhzan al-Asrār.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: End of Jumādā II 1033 / Apr 1624 Scribe: Sayyid Khān ibn Shīr Muḥammad Ḥusaynī سيد خان بن شير محمد حسينى .


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.565 [BL Add. 7729/1]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.595, no. 972/1 [BL IO Islamic 402]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.494, no. 600 [Bodl. Ouseley 302]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 V.2 p.454 (1033H)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 100 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.5 × 13.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Partially foliated.


12 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer. Two columns. Rubrications in red.


Brown leather, Indian style. A metal inlayed turanj and pendants. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 23.1 × 12.8 × 1.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 992.


Origin: End of Jumādā II 1033 AH; Apr 1624 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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