Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 424 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Rūznāmcha-yi Vaqāyiʿ.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Monday 19 Rabīʿ II 1187 / 10 Jul 1773 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Dated at a colophon after the first work.

Note concerning work: History of the siege of Dar al-Jihad, Haydarabad on 13 Rajab 1130 [THIS IS THE FIRST WORK: THE SECOND WORK IS ON LOVE AND ROMANCE].


Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part III A.F.L. Beeston 1954 p.10 no. 2486 [Bodl. Ms. Ind. Inst. Pers. 96]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.591 (1187H)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.198

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 60 + 85 = c. 100 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 19 × 11.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.5 × 8.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


13 lines per page.

Not ruled. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


Reddish brown leather, European style. No doublures. Dimensions: 19.5 × 12.3 × 1.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1117.


Origin: Monday 19 Rabīʿ II 1187 AH; 10 Jul 1773 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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