Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 403 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection

Note on existence:The true shelfmark for Eton Pote 403 is 17/5.


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mirʾāt al-Shuʿarā.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Preface contains a list of contents (4 folios).


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.5 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer (the first page is ruled in double red, blue and gold). 2 columns. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: illuminated sarlauh .


F.1r: seal (1106 or 1156; Ray Das) and purchase note (27 Shawwāl, year 6; Ḥabīb Allāh b. Muḥammad Rafīʿ). F.2v: 3 identical erased seals (year 45?).


Brown leather, European style. Watermarked paper doublures ("C. Taylor"). Dimensions: 26 × 14.5 × 2.8 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 997.


Note on existence:In Margoliouth's catalogue of 1904 the true shelfmark 17/5 was incorrectly written 7/5 (catalogue item 148).
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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