Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 405 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Miftāḥ al-Jinān.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Wednesday 25 Jumādā II, year 7 Scribe: … ibn Shaykh ʿAbd Allāh Badā Walī ابن شيخ عبد الله بدا ولى .


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.40 [BL Egerton 691]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.1379, no. 2565 [BL IO Islamic 927]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 225 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 30.5 × 19 cm.
Dimensions (written): 24 × 14 cm.
Foliation: Foliated (in two parts in siyaq).


22 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


F.1r: purchase note (2nd Rajab year 7 of Muḥammad Shāh; 1 rupee) with a seal (Muḥammad).


Tan suede, European style. Watermarked paper doublures ("J. Whatman"). Dimensions: 31.5 × 19.5 × 4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1010.


Origin: Wednesday 25 Jumādā II, year 7 AH

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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