Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 459 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Rawz̤at al-Aḥbāb.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.146 [BL Add. 23498]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.64, no. 145 [BL IO Islamic 1703]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.75, no. 131 [Bodl. Caps. B.6]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part III A.F.L. Beeston 1954 p.2. no. 2445 [Bodl. Ms. Pers. e. 28]
Persian Literature: a bio-bibliographical survey C. A. Storey 1927–39 I.1 p.190 (owner's date 1091H - maqsad i.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 225 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 36 × 21.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 24.5 × 13 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Water damage. Repairs to lower parts of folios near the end (including colophon).


27 lines per page.

Ruled in triple gold light brown, gold and a blue outer. Rubrications in red.


Script: naskh. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: illuminated sarlauh .


F.1r: purchase note: 3 Shaʿbān 1091; f.225v: ownership note: Muḥammad Aʿẓam b. Shaykh Muḥammad Murād in 7 Shaʿbān year 25 (1155).


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Dimensions: 36.5 × 21.5 × 4 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 477+.


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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