Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 258(3) (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


[complete Qur'an]

Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 350 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.3 × 16.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


11 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.

Additions: Notes concerning codex: For unknown reasons this Qur'an was given Pote number 258 (volume 3) although volumes 1 and 2 of 258 contain the Shāhnāmah of Firdawsī.


Red leather, Indian style, with a stamped inlayed turanj , pendants, cornerpieces and cartouches. A flap spine decorated with a cartouche and two pendants. Plain red leather doublures. Dimensions: 23.5 × 16.5 × 5 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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