Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 402 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Munāẓarat ʿIlm va Māl.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Place: Lahore Date: Monday 23 Ramaḍān 1156 / 10 Nov 1743 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: F.106 internal colophon provides date.

Note concerning manuscript: A high quality manuscript. F.2 quotes the Sharh Fusus al-Hikam of Qaysari. Numerous poets are quoted (Jami, Rumi, Sa'di, etc).


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 282 folios (according to a note).
Dimensions (leaf): 27.5 × 11.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 23.3 × 7.5 cm.
Foliation: Partially foliated.


21 lines per page.

Ruled in gold with a marginal frame. Rubrications in red.


Script: naskh. Quality: High quality (Persian poetry is in nasta_liq). Scribe: Anonymous.


Signs of collation.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. Bayaz format. Plain leather doublures. Condition: The upper board is detached. Some folios are loose. Dimensions: 27.5 × 11.3 × 2.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1020.


Origin: Lahore; Monday 23 Ramaḍān 1156 AH; 10 Nov 1743 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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