Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 401 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Majmuʿ Sharḥ Bīst Bābī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 17 Ramaḍān 1122 / 9 Nov 1710; 17 Rajab 1122 / 11 Sep 1710 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Dated at internal colophons. The final work or part work is incomplete.

Note concerning manuscript: Partway through a sentence is left uncomplete after which there is a blank page and then the start of a new section with bismillah.

Note concerning work: Margoliouth: "the work is an astronomical work on the calendar, extracted from the Zīj". One of the works in this collection is Birjandī's commentary upon Ṭūsī's Bīst Bāb.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.453 [BL Add. 22752 (commentary by Birjandī - a work found in this collection, incipit: فاتحة خطاب)]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.924, no. 1506 [Bodl. Marsh 686]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 120 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.5 × 13.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 8.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


20 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: shikasta. Quality: (more than one hand). Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: seal of ʿIbād Allāh (1188). Numerous tables, charts and diagrams.

Signs of collation.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. An inlayed turanj with pendants. Marbled paper doublures. Condition: The boards are detached. The spine is disintegrating. Dimensions: 23.5 × 13 × 2.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 985.


Origin: 17 Ramaḍān 1122 / 9 Nov 1710; 17 Rajab 1122 AH; 11 Sep 1710 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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