Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 328 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kutub al-Tavārīkh (compendium).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Incomplete at the end so no colophon.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.3 × 13.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Flyleaf: seal of Polier (1181) [manuscript contains an inserted note in English dated 1871].


Red leather, Indian style. Gold inlayed central piece, 2 pendants and corner pieces. Doublures: marbled paper. Dimensions: 22.5 × 13.5 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 888.


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


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