Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 408 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Epitome of the Milal va Niḥal.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 25 Shaʿbān year 1106 (?) / 10 Apr 1695 (?) Scribe: Anonymous.


Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.360 (entitled Tauzīh al-Milal)
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.111 no.178 [BL Add. 7250 Rich.]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 294 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.7 × 15.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


21 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: seal of Polier (1196); purchase note dated 14 Jumādā I 1140 (bought from Muḥammad Ḥusayn).


Brown leather, European style. Watermarked paper doublures ("G.R."). Dimensions: 24.5 × 15.5 × 4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1017+.


Origin: 25 Shaʿbān year 1106 (?) AH; 10 Apr 1695 (?) 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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