Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 282 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection

Contents

Summary of Contents: 1 copy of 28 treatises (some translated from Sanskrit).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 27 Ramaḍān year 3 of Aḥmad Shāh (i.e. 1163) / 30 Aug 1750; 27 Muḥarram year 3 Aḥmad Shāh (i.e. 1163) / 6 Jan 1750; 5 Shawwāl year 3 (i.e. 1163) / 7 Sep 1750; 29 Rabīʿ II year 3 Aḥmad Shāh (i.e. 1163) / 7 Apr 1750; 7 Muḥarram year 3 Aḥmad Shāh (i.e. 1163) / 17 Dec 1749; 5 Ramaḍān year 3 (i.e. 1163) / 8 Aug 1750; 11 Ramaḍān year 3 of Aḥmad Shāh (i.e. 1163) / 14 Aug 1750] Scribe: Kshan Sing-h known as Nashāt كشن سنگه، نشات .

Colophon further notes: F.112r: an internal colophon states the work was composed by the scribe; other internal colophons: f.202v; f.214r; f.228r; f.334v; f.248v; f.308v. On f.236r the scribe-author indicates he is known as Nishāt.

Note concerning manuscript: An autograph manuscript, richly illuminated and illustrated.

References

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 370 folios (?) [seems to be misbound and perhaps also misfoliated so there are jumps and regressions in the folio numbering].
Dimensions (leaf): × cm.
Dimensions (written): × cm.
Foliation: Foliated (ff.235-334 seem to have been skipped; there are other jumps/regressions).

Layout

0 lines per page.

Ruled in gold with a red outer. Rubrications in red.

Additions:

Flyleaf: seal of the author and scribe (Rajah Kishan Sing-h, 1178); table of contents with folio numbers.

Notes concerning codex: This ms is somehow connected to two mss in BL IO copied for Richard Johnson, at least one from Polier's copy. Autograph. Copied 3rd year of Aḥmad Shāh (i.e. 1163/1750). Seal of Rajah Kishan Sing-h dated 1173.] [It contains 10s of extraordinary illustrations and 10s of sarlauh s] [Ethe BL IO col 193 #1958 (IO Islamic 760- dated 1096/1689 - illustrated and originally owned by Richard Johnson) is a Persian translation of the Shiva Purana divided into 74 or 75 Adhyayas. The translator of that sounds like the same person (but there is a problem with dates but seems possible Polier had the autograph and Johnson had it copied): Kishan Singh, takhallus Nashat, son of Rai Pran Nath, a Khatri of the Mangal tribe, inhabitant of Siyalkut] see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva_Purana. However, in 1782 Polier supplied Richard Johnson with a copy of the Persian translation by Kishan Singh of the Brahmavaivarlapurāna based on a ms owned by Polier [see Falk and Archer Indian Miniatures in the India Office Library, pp.18-9 (which says the copy was illustrated and also refers to Johnson commissioning copies of mss belonging to Polier and to Martin)].

Binding

Brown leather, Indian style, with a pressure molded turanj , two pendants and corner pieces. A flap with a pendant and two corner pieces. Plain paper on plain leather doubures (the inside of the flap is plain leather). Unboxed. Polier's number: 1020.

History

Origin: 27 Ramaḍān year 3 of Aḥmad Shāh (i.e. 1163) / 30 Aug 1750; 27 Muḥarram year 3 Aḥmad Shāh (i.e. 1163) / 6 Jan 1750; 5 Shawwāl year 3 (i.e. 1163) / 7 Sep 1750; 29 Rabīʿ II year 3 Aḥmad Shāh (i.e. 1163) / 7 Apr 1750; 7 Muḥarram year 3 Aḥmad Shāh (i.e. 1163) / 17 Dec 1749; 5 Ramaḍān year 3 (i.e. 1163) / 8 Aug 1750; 11 Ramaḍān year 3 of Aḥmad Shāh (i.e. 1163) AH; 14 Aug 1750] 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.

Availability

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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