Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 286 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


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

Colophon details: Date: 21 Jumādā II 1196 / 3 Jun 1782 Scribe: Anonymous.


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.146 (only copy?)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 120 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 28.5 × 17.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 23.5 × 11.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


17 lines per page.

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


Scribe: Anonymous.


Gaps have been left in the text for illustrations which were never added (with captions added in the margins).


Reddish leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 29.5 × 18 × 1.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 741.


Origin: 21 Jumādā II 1196 AH; 3 Jun 1782 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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