Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 389 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mirʾāt al-Janān.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: F.1r (prior to the bismillah) contains 2/3 of a page of text with numerous dates in the 8th century.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.177; GAL Supp. II.228
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.283 no.473 [BL Or. 1511]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.201 no.706 [BL IO Islamic 572]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 486 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 27 × 17.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20 × 10.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


27 lines per page.

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


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


Flyleaf: purchase note (10 rupees; a devotee of Muhammad Shah, in Shahjahanabad, Muḥarram, 1146?). F.1r: 2 seals (erased); purchase note (15 rupees); purchase note (Safar 1036, Lahore, by Jalāl b. Muḥammad b. Jalāl al-Shāhī al-Raz̤avī); inspection note (5 Shawwāl 1084).

Signs of collation.


Brown leather, Indian style. A pressure molded turanj and pendants. Plain leather doublures. Dimensions: 26.5 × 17 × 5.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 996.


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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