Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 414 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Nām-i Ḥaqq. 1 copy of Mathnavī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.


Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.199 (commentary upon a mathnavi of this title by Sharaf al-din Bukhari)
Title: Mathnavī
Title: مثنوى
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.657 [BL Or. 279 (the poet's Kullīyāt)]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.651, no. 1027 [Bodl. Fraser 76]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Margins of first work contain red stencilled floral designs.
Extent: 21 + 14 = 35 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 17.7 × 10.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 7.8 × 4.0 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


Later margins heavily repaired.


7 hemistiches lines per page.

Not ruled.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Flyleaf: seal of Polier (1181).


Burgundy leather, Indian style with a stamped inlayed turanj and pendants. Plain leather doublures. Dimensions: 17.5 × 10.0 × 0.8 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1080.


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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