Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 400 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mujmal al-Ḥikmah (a Persian epitome of the Rasāʾil Ikhwān al-Ṣafā).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Sunday 14 Dhū-l-Qaʿdah 1085 (year 18, Aurangzeb) / 9 Feb 1675 Scribe: Muḥammad ʿĀbid محمد عابد .


Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.1216, no. 2225 [BL IO Islamic 1392]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.913, no. 1492 [Bodl. Fraser 188 B.]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 175 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 11.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 7.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


15 lines per page.

The first opening is ruled in double red with a green outer; folios are ruled in double red with a blue outer thereafter. Rubrications in red.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Muḥammad ʿĀbid محمد عابد.


F.1v: multi-coloured sarlauh . Ff.1v-2r: ink in red, green and black.


Flyleaf: seal (follower of Pādshāh ʿĀlamgīr Muḥammad Ghāzī, Niẓām al-dīn Mūsāvī, year 49, i.e. 1118-19). F.1r: 3 erased seals (one: Muḥammad follower of Shāh ʿAzam, i.e. Aurangzeb, 1095).


Marbled paper with a leather spine, Indian style. Light orange paper doublures. Condition: The lower board is detached. Dimensions: 17.8 × 11.5 × 2.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 982.


Origin: Sunday 14 Dhū-l-Qaʿdah 1085 (year 18, Aurangzeb) AH; 9 Feb 1675 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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