Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 291 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Gharāʾib al-Lughāt.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Colophon provides no information on copying.

Note concerning work: Title recorded in Storey pp.116-7.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.1030 [BL Or. 1840]; p.1096 [referred to as source of work in BL Or. 2012 (on p.998)]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 III.1 p.117 (before 1788CE)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.28

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 100 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 19.8 × 11.1 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.5 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with navy outer. Rubrications in red.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: seal of Polier (1196). Flyleaf English note in hand of Polier (?): "Given me by Nawab Murid Khan". Paris BNF i Persian Supplement 391 is another manuscript from Polier's collection, an album of calligraphy in shikasta from the 1140s-1150s/1730s by Nawab Murīd Khān (also known as Muḥammad Ṣādiq Ṭabāṭabā Na'ini or Muḥammad Ṣādiq Ṭabāṭabāʾī). See http://expositions.bnf.fr/inde/grand/cgm_149.htm where Francis Richard says Polier seems to have been in contact with the calligrapher. He had been a noble at the court of Muḥammad Shāh. See Marshall, Mughals in India, p. 1329, for reference to another calligraphy album by Murid Khan in Patna (probably Khuda Bakhsh 2006, dated 1150/1738; there is another possible specimen in Khuda Bakhsh 1084/10). His signature occurs in the exquisite Mughal manuscript RAS Persian 258 - see 3rd and 5th pages (counting from the end: i.e. pp. 264 and 266, in the 5 pages which are appended after the earlier colophon page) of https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-RAS-00258/1. See also https://www.fihrist.org.uk/catalog/manuscript_2806.


Brown leather, European style with plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 20.2 × 11.2 × 1.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 779.


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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