Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 362 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mūnis al-Arvāḥ.

Note concerning author: The author was daughter of Shahjahan Ghāzī Jahāngīr and is commonly known as Begam Ṣāḥib.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Wednesday 29 Rajab Scribe: Shāh Ghulām Ghawt Akhūnd شاه غلام غوت آخند .

Colophon further notes: The colophon does not provide the year.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.357 [BL Or. 250]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.206, no. 372 [Bodl. Fraser 229]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.2 p.1001
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.218

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 70 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.8 × 15.9 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 10.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Marbled paper with a suede spine, European style. Watermarked paper doublures. Dimensions: 25.1 × 15.8 × 1 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1032.


Origin: Wednesday 29 Rajab AH

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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