Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 120 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Nayrang-i ʿIshq (“Witchery of Love”).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Shaykh Faz̤l Allāh Darvīsh شيخ فضل الله درويش .

Note concerning work: A masnavi containing praise of Aurangzeb and of 'Abd al-Qadir Jilani. Composed in 1096/1685.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.1034 [BL Or. 1904]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.898, no. 1649 [BL IO Islamic 490]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.151

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 70 Folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 26.3 × 15.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


12 lines per page.

Ruled in gold, red and blue. 2 columns. Red rubrications. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Large lettering. Scribe: Shaykh Faz̤l Allāh Darvīsh شيخ فضل الله درويش.


F.1v: Indian illuminated sarlauh in gold, pink and many other colours.


Reddish brown leather, European style. Plain paper doublures. Condition: The lower board is severely damaged by worms. Dimensions: 26.5 × 16 × 1.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 976.


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 first half alphabetically going to King's. 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


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

King's College Cambridge


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