Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 442(1) (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Āʾīn-i Akbarī (third volume of the Akbar-nāmah).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: End of the 3rd volume.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.251 [BL Add. 7652]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.107, no. 264 [BL IO Islamic 6]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.115, no. 213 [Bodl. Ouseley Add. 165]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part III A.F.L. Beeston 1954 p.5 no. 2460 [Bodl Ms. Pers. B. 5]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.549
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.33
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.166, no. 92 [Camb. Nn. 3.57]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Different coloured paper (orange, yellow, pink, etc).
Extent: 534 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 26.5 × 19.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17.5 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


14-16 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: seal of Polier (1181). The manuscript contains charts ruled in white and in red.


Brown leather, European style. Paper doublures. Dimensions: 27.1 × 19.6 × 5.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 42.


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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