Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 460 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Jāmiʿ al-Alfāẓ. 1 copy of Interlinear gloss. 1 copy of Muʾayyid al-Fuẓalāʾ.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Is this the Hebrew-Arabic dictionary of the Bible by David Ben Abraham al-Fasi? The cover and flyleaf of the ms that we believe to be Pote 460 refers to Kitāb Niqāṭ - a title noted by E. B. Cowell.


Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.


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.494 [BL Or. 261]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.1337, no. 2459 [BL IO Islamic 219]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.1006, no. 1720 [Bodl. Fraser 45]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.443
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.227, no. 138 [Camb. Oo. 6.61]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.3 × 16 cm.
Dimensions (written): 22 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


16 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: 2 seals (one dated 1184, Edward Smith Bahadur, year 11; i.e. 1770). This is very likely Edward Smith (d. 1830), secretary to Warren Hastings, Governor-General of India, 1774-85; Bonhams sold a Qur'an owned by Edward Smith https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23436/lot/30/. See also other seals at https://blogs.bl.uk/asian-and-african/2017/02/some-british-islamic-style-seals-in-persian-manuscripts-from-india.html and https://blogs.bl.uk/asian-and-african/2014/03/performing-authority-the-islamic-seals-of-british-colonial-officers.html.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. A pressure molded turanj , pendants and corner pieces. Plain paper doublures. Condition: The binding is significantly larger than the folios within. Dimensions: 24 × 15.5 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: (no number found).


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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