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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2036] (553/1262)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (1165 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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Slave Trade
of the Impe
rial Bank of
Persia, 1889.
The Shah's
second visit
to England,
British pre
rights in
regard to
railway cons
truction in
On the Mth June 1882 a permanent Convention between Britain and
Persia in regard to the slave trade was substituted for the provisional
agreement of 1851, which, renewed by the Treaty of Peace of 1857, had
till then remained in force. This Convention is noticed in the special
Appendix on the Slave Trade in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Region.
The years 1888 to 1892 were marked by great British financial and
commercial activity in Persia, and witnessed the grant of various conces
sions to British subjects and the initiation of a number of British enter,
prises, some of which had been long under discussion.
The opening of the Lower Karun to international navigation may be
regarded as a British achievement, inasmuch as it was brought
about by British diplomacy ; it is dealt with fully elsewhere, in the
chapter on the history of ''Arabistan.
Banking operations were begun in Persia, in 1888, by the New
Oriental Bank Corporation, which opened agencies in various Persian
towns j but this society withdrew from the country two years later in
favour of the Imperial Bank of Persia, a concession for the establisbment
of which was granted by the Shah in 1889 to Baron de Reuter, pre
viously holder of the famous concession of 1872. The Bank's conces
sion was for 60 years, during which it was to enjoy a monopoly of
issuing bank notes, as well as the exclusive right of working mines (with
certain exceptions) throughout Persia, the views of its founders not being
restricted to operations of a purely financial character. The retirement
of the Imperial Ottoman Bank from Persia in 1893, the Imperial J3ank
of Persia simultaneously withdrawing from Baghdad, left the latter for
the time being in sole possession of the Persian field. The Bank is at the
present day one of the most promiment institutions in Persia, enjoys an
almost official status, and has been the parent of other British undertak
No political interest seems to attach to the Shah's second visit to
England, which was paid in 1889, in the course of his third European
tour. He remained in England about a month, attended by Sir H.
Wolfp, who then held the office of British Minister at Tehran.
In March J 889 Sir H. Drommond WolfP, His Britannic Majesty^
Minister at Tehran, obtained from the Shah an important engagement
conferring on Britain preferential rights of railway construction in South
ern Persia. In form it was an autograph letter from the Shab to ^

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This volume is Volume I, Part II (Historical) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part II contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914, 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (pags v-viii), and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (ix-cxxx). These are also found in Volume I, Part IA of the Gazetteer (IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1).

Part II consists of three chapters:

  • 'Chapter X. History of ’Arabistān' (pages 1625-1775);
  • 'Chapter XI. History of the Persian Coast and Islands' (pages 1776-2149);
  • 'Chapter XII. History of Persian Makrān' (pages 2150-2203).

The chapters are followed by nineteen appendices:

Extent and format
1 volume (1165 pages)

Volume I, Part II is arranged into chapters that are sub-divided into numbered periods covering, for example, the reign of a ruler or regime of a Viceroy, or are arbitrarily based on outstanding land-marks in the history of the region. Each period has been sub-divided into subject headings, each of which has been lettered. The appendices are sub-divided into lettered subject headings and also contain numbered annexures, as well as charts. Both the chapters and appendices have further subject headings that appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally througout the volume at the bottom of the page which provide further details and references. A 'Detailed Table of Contents' for Part II and the Appendices is on pages cii-cxxx.

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The foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 879, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 1503.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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