Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 300 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Story (qiṣṣat) of Mād-hūnal.
Language(s): Hindi

Colophon details: Place: Farīdābād Date: 16 Safar 1098 (30th year of Aurangzeb) / 1 Jan 1687 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: The colophon includes information on the patron and the name of the scribe (difficult to read).


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.699 [BL Or. 347 (Mihr wa-Māh = story of lovers, Prince Manohar and Princess Madhūmālat, by Rāzī, i.e. Mīr ʿAskarī)]; p.700 [BL Or. 352 (this version said to be taken from a Hindu poem by Shaykh Jamman)]; p.803 [BL Add. 6632/2 (said to be from a Hindu original by Shaykh Manjhan)]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 100 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.7 × 13 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in red. 2 columns. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 21 × 13.5 × 1.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 844.


Origin: Farīdābād; 16 Safar 1098 (30th year of Aurangzeb) AH; 1 Jan 1687 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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