Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 369(2) (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection

Note on existence:This manuscript was not catalogued by Margoliouth.


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mathnavī-yi Valah va Sulṭān.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 120 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.5 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


12 lines per page.

Ruled in 4 frames of double black with a marginal frame in double black. Rubrications in red.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 26 × 15 × 2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 978.


Note on existence:This manuscript exists as part of the Eton Pote collection even though it was not catalogued by Margoliouth in 1904.
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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