Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 266 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of al-Ṣurāḥ min al-Ṣiḥāḥ (epitome of the Ṣiḥāḥ of Jawharī with Persian rendering of the Arabic words).
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.506 [BL Add. 7435]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.1298, no. 238 [BL IO Islamic 3427]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.983, no. 1645 [Bodl. Ouseley Add. 110]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part III A.F.L. Beeston 1954 p.69 no. 2765 [Bodl. Ms. Ind. Inst. Pers. 30]
Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.128; GAL Supp. I.196
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 III.1 p.79
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.239, no. 153 [Camb. Oo. 6.52]
A catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office (vol. 1), O. Loth (1877) p.282, no.1015 [BL IO Islamic 1807]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 300 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.3 × 15.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.2 × 8.8 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


21 lines per page.

Ruled in red and gold with a blue outer. The margins are framed in gold. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r illuminated shamsa. F.1v: illuminated sarlauh . Ff.1v-2r: interlinear gold with dots in red, blue, etc (also floral decorations in the margin).


F.1r: seal of Poler (1181) and one other seal.


Light brown leather, Indian style with flap. Leather doublures. Decorated with gold and silver paint and with silver paint on the inside of the flap and on the doublures. Dimensions: 24.5 × 15.3 × 4.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 666.


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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