Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 423 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Dustūr Jahāngushāy.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Paraknah (?) Date: Wednesday 4 Rajab, year 39 of ʿĀlamgīr (1106) / 18 Feb 1695 Scribe: Gūjar Khān ibn Bahādur Khān Afghān گجر خان بن بهادر خان افغان .

Colophon further notes: F.77v (final colophon).


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 80 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.5 × 13 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Flyleaf: list of contents. f.1r: 2 seals (Muḥammad Aḥsan Allāh Shāhī, 1150); various notes; one states purchased by Muḥammad ʿAshigh Dūst Muḥammadī, 10 Shaʿbān year 21. Another note says inspected 3rd Shawwāl year 22 (probably of Muḥammad Shāh).


Brown leather, Indian style. A silver painted frame. Marbled paper doublures (with leaf pattern). Dimensions: 22.3 × 12.7 × 1.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1084.


Origin: Paraknah (?); Wednesday 4 Rajab, year 39 of ʿĀlamgīr (1106) AH; 18 Feb 1695 CE

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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