Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 325 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kitāb al-Ṭaʿām ("Book of Food").
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: 29 Ramaḍān 1135 (year 4 Muḥammad Shāh) / 3 Jul 1723 Scribe: Shāh Muḥammad شاه محمد .

Colophon further notes: Copied on the order of Chud-hri Muhammad AfDal.

Note concerning manuscript: Begins with a Preface containing a list of contents (6 folios).


Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.3 p.392 (finished 1135 - only copy?)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 120 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17.5 × 8.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


First two folios are detached.


15 lines per page.

Ruled in double red (gold on the first opening). Rubrications in red.


F.1v: illuminated sarlauh (with gold ruling).


Brown leather, Indian style. Inlayed turanj and pendants with painted silver frame. Marbled paper doublures. Dimensions: 20.5 × 12.5 × 1.8 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 882.


Origin: 29 Ramaḍān 1135 (year 4 Muḥammad Shāh) AH; 3 Jul 1723 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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