Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 425 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Vaqāʿi-i Shujāʿī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Must have been copied after 1198 since that date is mentioned in the text a few folios from the end.

Note concerning manuscript: Start of second part around two-thirds of the way through.


Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.625 (only copy?)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.532

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 400 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25 × 15.3 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


17-20 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Script: indian shikasta. Quality: (hand changes). Scribe: Anonymous.


Marbled paper, suede spine, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 26 × 15.5 × 6.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 1118.


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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