Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 307(2) (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Qāmūs Fīrūzābādī.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Thursday 27 Rajab 1041 / 15 Feb 1632 Scribe: Ḥāfiẓ Nūr Muḥammad حافظ نور محمد .

Note concerning manuscript: Ff.4r-5v: 3 page preface in hand of scribe.


Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.959, no. 1590 [Bodl. Ouseley 174]; col.992, no. 1672 [Bodl. Ouseley 319]
Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.181-3; GAL Supp. II.234
Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, C. Rieu (1846-1871) p.229 no.473 [BL Add. 7439 Rich.]
Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum, C. Rieu (1894) p.588, no.874 [BL Or. 1172]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 400 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 19.5 × 10 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14.5 × 6.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


Some worm damage.


31 lines per page.

Ruled in gold and lapis with a gold frame to the margin.


Script: Naskh. Quality: Fine. Scribe: Ḥāfiẓ Nūr Muḥammad حافظ نور محمد.


F.4r: central gold circle behind text on first folio. F.6r: shamsa with other illuminations (pendants, corner pieces; band of gold at top apparently covering a circular seal). F.1r (ruled but blank) appears to have an offset from f.6r which suggests rebinding at some point). F.6v illuminated sarlauh ). FInal folio: illuminated shamsa with pendants and cornerpieces.


3rd folio: purchase note (1250 rupees). 4th folio: purchase note (10 Shawwāl 1080; 1550 rupees); another purchase note (20 Shawwāl 1140; 1500 rupees). Marginal notes throughout.

Marks of sahha, and marginal corrections in hand of scribe.


Brown leather, Indian style. A stamped inlayed turanj , pendants and corner pieces. Plain leather doublures. Condition: Upper board is detached. The spine is split. Some folios are detached. In urgent need of conservation. Dimensions: 19.2 × 10 × 6 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 830.


Origin: Thursday 27 Rajab 1041 AH; 15 Feb 1632 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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