Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 905 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection

Note on existence:This manuscript is extant at shelfmark 14/11 and has been given the provisional Eton Pote number 905 (418 is an error).


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Collection of hadith with translation into Hindustani.
Language(s): Hindi

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Colophon provides no information on copying.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 50 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.7 × 12 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


10 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


The Pote number 418 has been added but that seems to be an error (the same number is used on another manuscript). Note on f.1r (gift of Shāh Shihāb al-dīn Pīr Bahāʾī to Baqāʾ Khān). Notes on end flyleaf indicate it belonged to Ghulām Ḥusayn Navāʾī (or Shavāhī) .


Brown leather, Indian style. A pressure molded turanj , pendants and corner pieces. Plain leather doublures. Condition: The boards are detached. The spine has disintegrated. Dimensions: 22.8 × 11.5 × 0.8 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: unknown.


Note on existence:This manuscript has been given the provisional Eton Pote number 905. It is extant in the Eton Pote collection (at shelfmark 14/11) but the Pote number on the manuscript, 418, seems to be an error (the true Eton Pote 418 is at shelfmark 14/7). In his catalogue of 1904 Margoliouth did not record an item at shelfmark 14/11. The contents are a collection of hadith with translation into Hindustani.
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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