Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 285 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of ʿAjāʾib al-Buldān.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Wednesday 11 Muḥarram 1073 / 26 Aug 1662 Scribe: Muḥammad Rashīd محمد رشيد .

Note concerning work: This is vol. 1. Vol. 2 is in Eton Pote 447.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.420 [BL Add. 7704]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.404, no. 404 [Bodl. Ouseley Add. 90]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.1 p.141 1198H (only copy?)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 120 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.5 × 20 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.5 × 12 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a black outer. Rubrications in red.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Muḥammad Rashīd محمد رشيد.


Tan suede, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 23.5 × 20.3 × 2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 742.


Origin: Wednesday 11 Muḥarram 1073 AH; 26 Aug 1662 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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