Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 427 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Fragment of a Persian translation and commentary on the Qur’an (from Q16:104 to Q17:98).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Missing the beginning of the text. Final page is not part of the text.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 70 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 28 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 23 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


Worm damage. Some repairs to margins.


23 lines per page.

Not ruled.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Multiple hands. Scribe: Anonymous.


Doublures full of Arabic poetry.


Reddish brown leather, Indian style with a flap. A pressure molded turanj , pendants and corner pieces with pendant and two corner pieces on the flap. Marbled paper doublures. Condition: The text block is detached (and the binding appears to belong to a larger manuscript). Dimensions: 27.8 × 15.7 × 1.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: (no number found).


Note on existence:This manuscript is extant in the Eton Pote collection. It was reported missing by Henry Bradshaw in 1878 but was catalogued by Margoliouth in 1904.
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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