Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 386 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Maʾāthir-i ʿĀlamgīrī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Mustaʿidd Khān, Muḥammad Sāqī, d. 1724 محمد ساقي مستعدّ خان .

Colophon further notes: The colophon speaks as if the scribe is the author - in which case this would be a holograph; the author died c. 1137.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.270 [BL Add. 19495]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.138, no. 365 [BL IO Islamic 3152]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.129, no. 247 [Bodl. Elliot 236]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.593 (1180H)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.361

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 210 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.3 × 13.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


15 lines per page.

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


F.1r: seal of Polier (1181) and numerous inspection / purchase notes (one dated 27 Dhū-l-Qaʿdah, 1173, book written by Muḥammad Sāqī, price: 7 rupees; another dated 4th Rabīʿ II 1175; another dated Safar 1194, year 21 of Shāh ʿĀlam).


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 24 × 13.5 × 3.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 971.


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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