Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 364 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


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

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Mawlānā ʿAbd Allāh Shīrāzī مولانا عبد الله شيرازى .

Note concerning work: There is another ms in BL Or. 1649 described in detail in Rieu vol 3 p. 886.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.886 [BL Or. 1649]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part III A.F.L. Beeston 1954 p.6 no. 2467 [Bodl Ms. Ind. Inst. Pers. 98 (a different author)]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.123
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.179

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 31.3 × 17 cm.
Dimensions (written): 24 × 11.5 cm.
Foliation: Partially foliated.


25 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


F.1r: seal of Polier (1181); numerous notes about births (dated 1079-1095).


Tan suede, Indian style, with an inlayed metal turanj , pendants and corner pieces. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 31.5 × 16.5 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1021.


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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