Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 371 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection

Note on existence:Eton Pote 371 is also labelled 438, and Eton Pote 438 is no longer extant.


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Romance, perhaps Ṭūṭī-nāmah.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Missing the beginning and end of the text. This manuscript contains two Pote numbers on different parts of the text: 438 and 371. It is possible that quires from two different mss have been inserted into a single binding.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.753 [BL Royal 16 B.XII]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.506, no. 743 [BL IO Islamic 3496]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.424, no. 444 [Bodl. Ouseley 50]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part III A.F.L. Beeston 1954 p.17 no. 2517 [Bodl. Ms. Ind. Inst. Pers. 68]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 180 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23 × 15.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17.5 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Brown leather, Indian style. A pressure molded turanj , pendants, corner pieces and frame. Plain paper doublures. Condition: All folios are loose. The binding is smaller than the folios within. Dimensions: 21.8 × 14.2 × 2.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: (no number found).


Note on existence:This manuscript (Eton Pote 371) carries two Pote numbers: 371 and 438. Eton Pote 438 no longer exists as an independent manuscript in the Eton Pote collection but it is possible that folios from two different manuscripts have been inserted into a single binding (which is detached), Eton Pote 371.
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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