Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 373 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mirʾāt al-ʿĀlam.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Shāhjahānābād Date: Monday 27 Ramaḍān 1184 (year 12 of Shāh ʿĀlam) / 14 Jan 1771 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The final page with colophon is a replacement in shikasta.

Note concerning manuscript: First and last folios are replacements.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.125 [BL Add. 7657]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.47, no. 124 [BL IO Islamic 986] {by Muhammad Baqa lthough usually ascribed to Bakhtawarkhan}
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.55, no. 114 [Bodl. Elliot 242]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.133
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.102

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 399 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25 × 16 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


24 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Brown leather, Indian style. A pressure molded turanj and pendants. Yellow paper doublures. Dimensions: 24.8 × 15.5 × 4.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 998.


Origin: Shāhjahānābād; Monday 27 Ramaḍān 1184 (year 12 of Shāh ʿĀlam) AH; 14 Jan 1771 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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