Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 412 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Naṣāʾiḥ Niẓām al-Mulk.

Note concerning author: Author was a vizier of Alp Arslan.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 15 Rabīʿ I 1020 / 28 May 1611 Scribe: ʿAbd al-Wāḥid (slave of Mirzā Niẓāmī) (fl. 1611) عبد الواحد .

Colophon further notes: The same scribe copied King's Pote 219 one month earlier.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.446 [BL Or. 256]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.878, no. 1426 [Bodl. Fraser 251]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Well-burnished paper.
Extent: c. 100 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.8 × 11 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13.5 × 6 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


11 lines per page.

Ruled in gold with a blue outer. Rubrications in red.


F.1v: illuminated sarlauh .


F.1r: note (this work was collected for Amīr Fakhr al-Dīn b. Ḥasan b. Ṣadr Amīr ʿAlī, descendant of Niẓām al-Mulk).


Reddish brown leather, European style. Watermarked paper doublures. Dimensions: 21.5 × 11.5 × 1.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1086.


Origin: 15 Rabīʿ I 1020 AH; 28 May 1611 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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