Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

ECOM 20 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Eton Windsor


Summary of Contents: The Masnavi of Rumi. A fine example of a Safavid manuscript, with illuminations and very fine original binding.
Title: Mas̲navī
Title: مثنوی
Incipit: هذا کتاب المثنوی وهو اصول اصول الدین فی کشف اسرار رب تمم بفضل الوصول والیقین وهو فقه الله الاکبر
Colophon: تم الدفتر السادس من کتاب المثنوی المعنوی المولوی...وانا الاقل المحتاج...حاجی محمد بن کرم الله الشوشتری فی تاریخ شهر محرم الحرام سنه اثنین وثمانین تسعمایه الهجریه
Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 308 ff.



Fine nasta'liq


A fine example of a Safavid manuscript

, with illuminations.


Fine original binding.


Origin: Muharram 982 AH; 1574 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

This manuscript is part of a small collection of Islamic manuscripts held at Eton College Library, which are not part of the separate ‘Pote Collection’. (The Pote Collection was given in 1788 by Edward Ephraim Pote to Eton College and King’s College, Cambridge and is now held on loan at the Cambridge University Library).

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on M.S.Q. Fraser, Islamic manuscripts in the Eton College Library, 1996.


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Funding of Cataloguing

Eton College


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