Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 317 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Qaṣāʾid va Muqaṭṭaʿāt.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Dated 1155 at an internal colophon at the end of Preface, f.3v, but that is quite possibly the time of composition since the poet was alive then. The copying date appears to be after 1180 (after the poet died).

Note concerning manuscript: The ms, foliated ff.1-94, is the first of four in the same hand and format, including: King's Pote 188 (second part, ff.95-559); Eton Pote 435 (the third part of the Divan, ff. 560-647). King's Pote 124 (fourth part, ff.648-772). There are other works by the same author (copied in a different hand) in King's Pote 74 and King's Pote 199.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.715 [BL Or. 322 (preface and qasidahs begin as in Eton Pote 317)]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.928, no. 1712 [BL IO Islamic 903]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.721, no. 1184 [Bodl. Elliot 213 (kulliyat - preface and qasidahs begin as in Eton Pote 317)]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.184

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 94 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 30 × 17.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 22 × 12 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Brown leather, European style. Watermarked paper doublures ("C. Taylor"). Dimensions: 30.3 × 17.5 × 1.8 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 892.


Origin: Undated.

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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