Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 418 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kitāb Masālik wa-Mamālik (Persian translation).
Translator: Anonymous
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.


Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.364, no. 707 [BL IO Islamic 1026 (same incipit as Eton Pote 418)]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.1 p.118

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 150 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.2 × 13.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.5 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


11 lines per page.

Ruled in orange and black with a red outer. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: a gold-drawn sarlauh (subsequently added).

Additions: Notes concerning codex: A note in English in the hand of William Ouseley dated Eton 1800 (3rd January) describes the work as the oriental geography of Ibn Haukal, the father of all the arabian geographers. This work has been translated into English from another copy and collated with this manuscript.


Tan suede, European style, with an inlayed metal turanj , two pendants and corner pieces. Water-marked paper doublures. Dimensions: 22.5 × 13.3 × 2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1**2.


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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