Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 455 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Ṭabaqāt-i Akbarī.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: Composed (?) year 43, i.e. 1020.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.220 [BL Add. 6543]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.95, no. 225 [BL IO Islamic 3320]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.103, no. 184 [Bodl. Elliot 381]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part III A.F.L. Beeston 1954 p.5 no. 2455 [Bodl Ms. Ind. Inst. Pers. 16]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.434 (1020H)
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.378

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 453 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 34 × 22.6 cm.
Dimensions (written): 26 × 15 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


19 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: 9 seals. Seal of Polier (1181). Inspection note (end of Shaʿbān year 30); inspection note (20 Dhū al-Ḥijjah, year 3); purchase note (25 rupees; 20 Rabīʿ I year 12) with square seal of Kifāyat Allāh Khān; three impressions of oval seal in his name are dated 1119; librarian's note (type of paper: Daghdar; work is incomplete copy of Akbarnamah); transfer note (15 Shawwāl; to Muḥammad Bāqir); transfer note (start of Dhū al-Ḥijjah year 3; from Muḥammad Bāqir to Muḥāfiẓ Khān); transfer note (21 Safar year 23; from Muḥāfiẓ Khān to Muḥammad Ḥāfiẓ ); transfer note (3 Shaʿbān year 30; Muḥammad Ḥāfiẓ to Muḥammad Aḥfaẓ Khān). For another Pote ms once owned by Muḥāfiẓ Khān see King's Pote 190.


Brown leather, Indian style. A gold inlayed turanj , pendants and corner pieces. Plain leather doublures. Condition: The spine is disintegrating. The boards are detached. Dimensions: 35.5 × 23.2 × 8 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 699+ (correcting 419+).


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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