Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 372 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Selected letters.

Note concerning author: Compiler was either the author of the ʿĀlamgīr-nāmah or perhaps that man's father Muhammad Amin (Amina) Qazwini,, who was author of a Padshahnamah work_514 - see Rieu vol 2 p.258 (BL Or. 173).

Title: Inshāʾ
Title: انشاء
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: First 2 folios and the last are supplied in another hand (the ms is incomplete).


Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.325; p.72

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 200 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22 × 12.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 8 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


22 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Flyleaf: note: this ms given as a gift byMīr Shams al-dīn in 11 Muḥarram 1175, given to a person whose name is erased; inspection note: this is a rare collection….


Reddish leather with a darker leather spine, Indian style. An inlayed turanj , pendants and corner pieces. Plain leather doublures. Dimensions: 21.8 × 12 × 3 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 984.


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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