Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 321 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kanz al-Maḥfūz.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: First 3 folios of Preface contain a list of contents with folio numbers.

Note concerning work: An extract of this rare work is translated in The History of India as told by its Own Historians - the Muhammedan Period by Sir H.M. Elliot and J.Dowson, 8 vols (London; 1867-77) vol. 8, pp. 37-9.


Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.493 (only copy?)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 276 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 28 × 17 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


25 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Marbled paper, leather spine, Indian style. Yellow paper doublures. Condition: The upper board is very loose. Dimensions: 28 × 16.5 × 3.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 910.


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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