Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 303 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


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

Colophon details: Date: Friday 27 Rajab (year 25 of Shāh ʿĀlam II) 1198 / 16 Jun 1784 Scribe: Luṭf Allāh لطف الله .


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL I.457; GAL Supp. I.826
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.2 p.219 (1198H)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 50 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.5 × 19.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 11.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


15 lines per page.

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


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Luṭf Allāh لطف الله.


Brown leather, European style. Watermarked paper doublures ("G.R."). Dimensions: 23 × 20 × 1 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 831.


Origin: Friday 27 Rajab (year 25 of Shāh ʿĀlam II) 1198 AH; 16 Jun 1784 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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