Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 302 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Qarābādīn (“Pharmacopoeia”).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Islampur, known as Brahmanpur Date: 14 Rabīʿ I 1111 (year 43, ʿĀlamgīr) / 9 Sep 1699 Scribe: Naṣīr نصير .


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.473 [BL Add. 26310]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.1264, no. 2310 [BL IO Islamic 1208] {entitled Tibb-I shifA/I}
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.2 p.245 (1111H)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 42 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 28.2 × 14.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 22.5 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


First 3 folios are replacements in a different hand.


22 lines per page.

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


Scribe: Naṣīr نصير.


F.1r: seal of ʿIbād Allāh (1188). This ownership seal appears in around 15 of Polier's manuscripts in the Pote collection. Other manuscripts containing that seal include: Edinburgh 295 (Yūsuf-u Zalaykhā), Edinburgh 300 (Dīwān-i ʿUrfī) and Edinburgh 317 (Ṭilism-i Ḥayrat) - all works for which Polier had other copies - and perhaps Edinburgh 293 (Kullīyāt-i Jāmī); also BL IO Islamic 1612, a work of Indian travel.


Marbled paper with a suede spine, European style. Watermarked paper doublures "(J.Ho. Zoonen." = J. Honig & Zoonen). Dimensions: 28.5 × 15 × 1 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 833.


Origin: Islampur, known as Brahmanpur; 14 Rabīʿ I 1111 (year 43, ʿĀlamgīr) AH; 9 Sep 1699 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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