Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 406(4) (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Mahābhārata (in Persian translation).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Numerous colophons only give the day and month.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.57 [BL Add. 5638-5640] {Persian translation with Preface by Abu al-Fazl}
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.808, no. 1306 [Bodl. Ouseley 326-9]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.18

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 222 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 29 × 17.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21 × 10 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Worm damage.


21 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Flyleaf: note states this is an very accurate text. F.1r: numerous erased seals and notes (one dated Muḥarram 1064; another purchased for 14 rupees).


Reddish brown, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 29.5 × 17.3 × 4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1027.


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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