Eton Pote 258(1) (Eton College Library, Eton College)
Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.
Note concerning manuscript: Begins with the Baysunghuri preface.
23 lines per page.
Ruled in gold and blue. 4 columns (with columnar ruling also in gold). Rubrications in red.
Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.
F.1v: illuminated sarlauh ; ff.1v-2r interlinear gold; around halfway through (start of vol. 2): opening with margins decorated with gold floral drawings, again using interlinear gold.
F.1r: unusual large seal of Polier (1181; devotee of Pādshāh Ghāzī Shāh ʿĀlam, year 9) with a note saying first part of the Shahnameh (as a gift) for Polier. (Colas & Richard record a version of this seal but without a date in Paris BNF Sanscrit 792-794). 2 other erased seals.Notes concerning codex: Contains volumes 1 and 2 of 4.
Reddish brown leather, Indian style. A gold inlayed turanj , pendants and corner pieces. Marbled paper doublures. Dimensions: 30.5 × 20.5 × 4.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 590.
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.
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