Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 296(1) (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Farrūkh-siyar Nāmah.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.273 [BL Or. 25]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.605; I.1 p.606
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.141; p.198; p.447

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 253 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.5 × 13.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 7.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


11 lines per page.

The first opening is ruled in gold; later folios are ruled in double red with a black outer. Rubrications in red.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Beautiful. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: illuminated sarlauh . FF. 1v-2r: interlinear gold.


F.1r: seal of Polier (1196); note (provides author; indicates that includes notes by the great King, in a special hand, presumably meaning Farrukhsiyar [person_48143049] - it is conceivable this copy represents the original royal manuscript). Codex contains numerous notes.


Brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 24 × 13.5 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 790.


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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