Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 301 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Story (qiṣṣat) of Manūhar (?).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 1065 / 1655 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Dated by chronogram.

Note concerning work: Has the same first and last lines as BL IO Islamic 3082/2 and BL IO Islamic 2198 which identifies this as Mihr u Māh by Mīr ʿAskarī ʿĀqil Khān Rāzī.


Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col 893, no. 1634/2 [BL IO Islamic 3082 (Mihr u Māh; same last lines as Eton Pote 301)]; col.894, no. 1636 [BL IO Islamic 2198 (Mihr u Māh; same first line as Eton Pote 301)]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.79

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 80 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.4 × 13.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 8.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Flyleaf: 4 seals all but erased; numerous inspection notes.

Signs of collation.


Marbled paper with a suede spine, European style. Watermarked paper doublures ("J.WHATMAN"). Dimensions: 24.7 × 13.5 × 1.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 842.


Origin: 1065 AH; 1655 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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