Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 457 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection

Note on existence:The true shelfmark for Eton Pote 457 is 14/2.


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kashf al-Lughāt.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Place: Pandharpur, in Aurangābād Date: Wednesday 17 Ramaḍān year 49 of ʿĀlamgīr (1116) / 13 Jan 1705 Scribe: Shaykh Muḥammad Hāshim Anṣārī Lāhūrī شيخ محمد هاشم انصارى لاهورى .


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.495 [BL Add. 5611]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.1338, no. 2465 [BL IO Islamic 2671]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.1006, no. 1721 [Bodl. Ms. Pers. d.2]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 III.1 p.19
A catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge, E. Browne (1896) p.228, no. 139 [Camb. Oo. 6.8]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 363 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.3 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21 × 12 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


25 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Flyleaf: list of chapters with page numbers. F.1r: seal of Polier (1181) and two other seals, both erased. F.363: same 2 seals (1131, Karam Allah) one alongside a purchase note dated 1131 (20 rupees, in Shahjahanabad; purchased by Shaykh Karam Allāh b. Shaykh Dānyāl of Sāndī, in Jumādā I 1131, during the reign of Farrukhsiyar).


Brown leather, Indian style. A gold inlayed turanj and pendants with gold frame. Leather doublures with gold rulings. Dimensions: 24.5 × 15 × 4.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 890+.


Note on existence:In his 1904 catalogue Margoliouth incorrectly listed the shelfmark for Eton Pote 457 (under his item 99) as 14/1 instead of 14/2. (In fact, the true shelfmark 14/1 is Eton Pote 460, which was listed under item 98).
Origin: Pandharpur, in Aurangābād; Wednesday 17 Ramaḍān year 49 of ʿĀlamgīr (1116) AH; 13 Jan 1705 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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