Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 338 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kīmīyāʾ-yi Saʿādat.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Jhajhar Date: Monday 15 Safar 1104 / 26 Oct 1692 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: A marginal note indicates the manuscript was copied by Muḥammad ibn Dūst Muḥammad ʿAbbāsī.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.36 [BL Add. 25026]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.975, no. 1781 [BL IO Islamic 424]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.879, no. 1429 [Bodl. Ouseley 246]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 400 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 31.3 × 19.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 24 × 13.7 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


21 lines per page.

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


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: seal of Polier (1181).


Brown leather, Indian style. Gold inlayed turanj , pendants and corner pieces. Silver patterned paper doublures. Condition: The upper board is detached. The spine is disintegrating. Dimensions: 31.2 × 19 × 5.3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 914.


Origin: Jhajhar; Monday 15 Safar 1104 AH; 26 Oct 1692 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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