Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 293 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Farhang-i Jahāngīrī .

Note concerning author: Is the author in fact Jamal al-din Husayn Inju Shirazi ?

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 4 Safar 1152 / 13 May 1739 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: A colophon at the end of an appendix - which calls itself, perhaps mistakenly, Farhang-i Rashīdī.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.496 [BL Add. 16750]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.1343, no. 2481 [BL IO Islamic 850]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.1011, no. 1734 [Bodl. Ouseley Add. 121]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part III A.F.L. Beeston 1954 p.69 no. 2767 [Bodl. Ms. Whitfield 66]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 III.1 p.29
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.225

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Papers of different colours (ochre, green, orange, etc).
Extent: c. 300 + c. 50 + c. 30 = c. 380 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 27.5 × 16 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20.5 × 10.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


23 lines per page.

Partially ruled in double red. Rubrications in red.


Quality: (multiple hands). Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: seal of Polier (1181).


Marbled paper with a suede spine, European style. Watermarked paper doublures. Dimensions: 28.5 × 16.5 × 5.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 796.


Origin: 4 Safar 1152 AH; 13 May 1739 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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