Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 366(1) (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Maṭlaʿ al-Saʿdayn va Majmaʿ al-Baḥrayn.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Friday 11 Dhū-l-Ḥijjah 995 / 12 Nov 1587 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The date is added in another hand. A further note adds that it the manuscript was collated in Shawwāl 997.

Note concerning work: 1st volume of M.al-S.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.181 [BL Add. 17928]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.83, no. 192 [BL IO Islamic 2704]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.91, no. 163 [Bodl. Elliot 238]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part III A.F.L. Beeston 1954 p.4. no. 2449 [Bodl. Ms. Pers. c. 30]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.156 1174H; I.1 p.294 (995H: vol. I covers 704-805)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.25

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 350 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 27 × 16.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18.5 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


27 lines per page.

Ruled in blue. Rubrications in red.


Script: naskh. Quality: (in two hands; around 1/3 seems to be a replacement). Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: seal (Sayyid Quṭb al-dīn ʿAlī Bahādur Khān; dated 1141?, 15). Inspection note dated Rabīʿ I 1146, states in 2 volumes. Owned by Luṭf Allāh b. Asad Allāh al-Ḥusaynī in 999. Events are marked in red in the margins.

Signs of collation.


Tan suede, European style. Watermarked paper doublures. Dimensions: 27.5 × 17 × 5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1006.


Origin: Friday 11 Dhū-l-Ḥijjah 995 AH; 12 Nov 1587 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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