Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 296(2) (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Farrūkh-siyar Nāmah.

Note concerning author: Storey suggests the author is probably Sayyid Muḥammad Qāsim Ḥusaynī Lāhurī known as ʿIbrat, author of the ʿIbrat-nāmah and that this is a copy of that same work under a different title. Marshall states his ʿIbrat-nāmah is sometimes known as Tārīkh-i Farrūkh-siyar.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Shāhjahānābād Date: 9 Rajab year 26 of Muḥammad Shāh, i.e. 1156 / 29 Aug 1743 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Note after colophon in another hand provides the date of copying and adds that it was given to a named person in.

Note concerning work: Probably a different work from that in the first volume although they share the same title - the authors are different.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.273 [BL Add. 26245 (anon.)]; p.231 [BL Add. 6567 (corr. 6564) part of Khulāṣat al-Tavārīkh)]; p.1082 [corrections to page 231]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.146, no. 393 [BL IO Islamic 252 (anon.)]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.608 (1156H)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.197

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 158 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 19.3 × 11.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: seal of ʿIbād Allāh (1188).


(Modern) brown leather binding, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 20 × 12.5 × 2.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 791.


Origin: Shāhjahānābād; 9 Rajab year 26 of Muḥammad Shāh, i.e. 1156 AH; 29 Aug 1743 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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