Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 410 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tale of the Four Dervishes.
Language(s): Hindi

Colophon details: Place: Farrukhābād Date: 19 Muḥarram Scribe: Jan ʿAlam Sarin Raqan (?) جن علام سرن رقن .

Colophon further notes: Internal colophon at end of story of first darvish. Copied on the order of Rahmat Khan Bakhshi Bahadur.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.762 [BL Add. 8917 (lists various authors of works by this name)]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.423, no. 443 [Bodl. Ouseley 221]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.7 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


11 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Jan ʿAlam Sarin Raqan (?) جن علام سرن رقن.


Brown leather, European style. Paper doublures. Dimensions: 22.5 × 15 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1094.


Note on existence:This is the true Eton Pote 410 (shelfmark 14/21). Another manuscript is also marked (in error) 410, namely Eton Pote 460 (shelfmark 14/1). See Eton Pote 460.
Origin: Farrukhābād; 19 Muḥarram 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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