Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 380(1) (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mirʾāt-i Jahān.

Note concerning author: The author was a member of the court of Aurangzab, died 1094 in Saharanpur. The editor was the author's nephew. Muḥammad Salīm worked in Shahjahanabad.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: The page prior to the work itself contains a short description of the origins of the work and its author (in the hand of the scribe).

Note concerning work: First volume including 3 parts from the Prophets to the Caliphs. Marshall (Mughals, p.105) describes this as "an extremely rare general history of the world".


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.890 [BL Or. 1998]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.49, no. 126 [BL IO Islamic 1497 (Mirʾāt-i Jahānnumā; extremely rare); see also BL Or. 11777 with title Mirʾāt-i Jahān nāmah]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.133 (vol. i)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.106; p.334; p.339

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 350 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 29 × 19.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21.5 × 12.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


17 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Brown leather, European style. Watermarked paper doublures ("C. Taylor"). Dimensions: 29.5 × 19.5 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1000.


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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