Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 314 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Qavāʾid al-Salṭanat.

Note concerning author: Identical with Chandrabhan Barahman, d. 1662-63.

Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 19 Ramaḍān 1196 / 28 Aug 1782 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: Storey speculatively identifies this work with the same author's Chār chaman-i Barahman - see also BL IO 3760 which has a similar title to the Pote ms, Qavāʾid al-Salṭanat-i Shāh-Jahān.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.935 [BL Or. 1892]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.571
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.120

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 90 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 17.7 × 12 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 7.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


9 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Red leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 18.5 × 12 × 2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 846.


Origin: 19 Ramaḍān 1196 AH; 28 Aug 1782 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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