Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 436 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Siyar al-Mutaʾakhkhirīn.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: There is an English translation by J. Briggs: The Siyar-u-Mutakherin.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.280 [BL Add. 6577-6578]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.157, no. 416 [BL IO Islamic 3319]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.133, no. 254 [Bodl. Ouseley 330/3]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part III A.F.L. Beeston 1954 p.7 no. 2471 [Bodl.. Ms. Ind. Inst. Pers. 25-26]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.637 (not later than 1790CE)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.158
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.176, no. 101 [Camb. Add. 408]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 650 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.7 × 15.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18.5 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


15 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.

Additions: Notes concerning codex: The work covers events from 1153 onwards. It was composed in Safar 1194 / 1780 (1781?) which means although undated this must be an early copy.


Brown leather, European style. An inlayed metal turanj , pendants and corner pieces with a gold painted frame. Plain leather doublures. Dimensions: 25.3 × 15.2 × 9.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: (no number found).


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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