Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 388 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mirʾāt-i Sikandarī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Sikandra, Akbarābād Date: Muḥarram 1200 (year 26 of Shāh ʿĀlam) / Nov 1785 Scribe: Muḥammad Bakhsh (NOT Āshūb) (fl. 1776-85) محمد بخش .


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.287 [BL Add. 26277]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.168, no. 438 [BL IO Islamic 1038]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.144, no. 272 [Bodl. Elliot 356]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.729 (1200H)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.450

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 250 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.2 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 10.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


13 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Muḥammad Bakhsh (NOT Āshūb) (fl. 1776-85) محمد بخش.


Marbled paper with a suede spine, European style. Paper doublures. Dimensions: 25 × 16 × 4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1033.


Origin: Sikandra, Akbarābād; Muḥarram 1200 (year 26 of Shāh ʿĀlam) AH; Nov 1785 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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