Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 376(2) (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Maʿārij al-Nubūvah fī Madārij al-Futvah.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 2 Ramaḍān 969 / 6 May 1562 Scribe: Khāliqdād ibn Sulaymān ibn Khalīl Allāh al-Qurayshī خالقداد بن سليمان بن خليل الله القريشى .


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.149 [BL Egerton 687]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.59, no. 138 [BL IO Islamic 122] {author called Mu'in al-Miskin, d. 907H; which seems to be an alternative name - see Delhi Persian 1 in Fihrist}
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.73, no. 128 [Bodl. Ouseley 363-5]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.188 (1090H)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 555 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25 × 19 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 10.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


21 lines per page.

Ruled in gold with a blue outer. Rubrications in red.


F.1r: seal of Polier (1181). Purchase note 1070 (crossed through).


Red leather, Indian style. An inlayed turanj , pendants, cartouches and corner pieces (with a tooled silver beaded border). Red leather doublures. Condition: Upper board is detached. Dimensions: 25 × 18 × 7.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1008.


Origin: 2 Ramaḍān 969 AH; 6 May 1562 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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