Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 337 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kalimāt-i Ṣarīḥat al-Dalālāt.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: History from Adam (6216 years prior to the Prophet Muhammad) up until 1084. Prologue contains a table listing the number of years spanned by notable eras. Introduction explains that the work was translated out of Turkish (with corrections and additions). In Rabīʿ II 1057 the author went to Bagdhad and met a scholar from Istanbul who had written a calendar from Adam up until 1060 (?). The Preface and most of the descriptions were in Turkish. It was first translated into Arabic and then into Persian. Storey speculates this might be a copy of Taqvīm al-Tavārīkh by Ḥājjī Khalīfah.


Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.129 (?)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 120 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 33.3 × 19.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 11.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


14 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: seal of Polier (1196).


Tan suede leather, European style. Watermarked paper doublures (C. Taylor). Dimensions: 22.8 × 20 × 2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 897.


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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