Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 415(1) (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Nafaḥāt al-Uns.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Hajjipur Date: Thursday 6 Dhū-l-Ḥijjah Scribe: Zāhid Qulī ibn Jahāngīr ʿAlī زاهد قلى بن جهانگير على .

Colophon further notes: Composed in 883; a note indicates (12 Jumādā I 1034); collation note (Jumādā II 1066 - collated with the Nafahat of Shaykh Hasan).

Note concerning manuscript: Begins with table of contents (with folio numbers).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 pp.349-351 [BL Add. 16717] and p.17 [BL Add. 5567]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.765, no. 1359 [BL IO Islamic 2082]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.632, no. 957 [Bodl. Elliot 284]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part III A.F.L. Beeston 1954 p.37 no. 2626 [Bodl. Ms. Pers. D. 53]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.2 p.955

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 431 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 8.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled.


F.1r: seal (Yūsuf Ayyuhā al-Ṣadīq, 1049); start of work: same seal; f.431r: same seal.

Signs of collation.


Tan suede, European style. Watermarked paper doublures. Dimensions: 24.5 × 14.5 × 5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1090.


Origin: Hajjipur; Thursday 6 Dhū-l-Ḥijjah 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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