Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 445 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Akbarnāma-i Adviyat.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Thursday 2 Rajab 1183 / 1 Nov 1769 Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning manuscript: Begins with list of chapters with folio numbers (Wednesday dated 9 Jumādā II 1183).


Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.1504, no.2784 [BL IO Islamic 828 (same sequence of 17 chapter headings and same incipit)]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 II.2 p.312 (1183H - only copy)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.506

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c.100 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.6 × 17.4 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 12 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


17 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


Contains some poorly executed diagrams.


Brown leather, Indian style. An inlayed metal turanj , pendants and corner pieces and border cartouches with a silver painted frame. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 24.3 × 17 × 1.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: (no number found).


Origin: Thursday 2 Rajab 1183 AH; 1 Nov 1769 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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