Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 272 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Ṭabaqāt-i Akbarī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Monday, start of Muḥarram 1059 / Jan 1649 Scribe: Jalāl Munshī جلال منشى .

Colophon further notes: Copied on the order of Asad Begh.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.220 [BL Add. 6543]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.95, no. 225 [BL IO Islamic 3320]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.103, no. 184 [Bodl. Elliot 381]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part III A.F.L. Beeston 1954 p.5 no. 2455 [Bodl Ms. Ind. Inst. Pers. 16]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.434 (1059H)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.378

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 416 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 30.4 × 19.4 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21.8 × 13 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


21 lines per page.

Ruled in yellow and black with a blue outer. Rubrications in red.


F.1r: seal of Polier (1181); purchase note (55 rupees); purchase note (Muḥarram year 39, 1107) with circular seal Faḍāyil Khān, slave of ʿĀlamgīr); another seal (Rashid Khān Ḥusaynī, 1118).


Brown leather, Indian style. Pressure molded turanj and pendants. Ochre paper doublures. Condition: The boards are almost separated. Dimensions: 30.1 × 18.7 × 5.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 699.


Origin: Monday, start of Muḥarram 1059 AH; Jan 1649 CE

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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