Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 299 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Favāʾid Fīrūzshāhī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Ff.1v-11v: table of contents (with total folios per chapter and section).


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 428 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.5 × 17.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20 × 12.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


17 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: seal (Nūr Muḥammad b. ʿAbd al-Shakkūr).

Signs of collation.


Reddish brown, Indian style. An inlayed turanj with two cartouches and two pendants. Plain leather doublures. Dimensions: 25 × 17.5 × 6 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 787.


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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