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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2300] (817/1262)

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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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the common dates till then imported at Marseilles and Havre for dis
tilling, and partly to an extra import duty placed on wet dates in
America; but by the low prices resulting in London, whither the ship
ments were in some cases diverted and sold at prices hardly covering
freight and charges/the demand in the Midlands and Lancashire was
At Baghdad, as at Basrah, the crop in this year was heavy and good
and large quantities of dates were exported in September and October,
chiefly to Syria, where however the prices were about 20 per cent,
below those of the previous year; but in November the winter rains at
Baghdad began unusually early and caused serious damage, for the dates
still remaining on the trees turned black, fermented, and became un
1895. Tn 1895 the date crop at Basrah was below the average, nevertheless
it was in excess of the demand in Europe ; the Basrah exporters, how
ever, combined to reduce the yearns pack and in the end got!the better ot
the growers, who had at first demanded high prices. The London date
market this season opened low, but it gradually improved, and Basrah
shippers in the end realised good profits.
At Baghdad, in 1895, the crop was only one-third of average, the
blossoms having appeared too early ; the local price ^ was consequen y
about £9 sterling per Taghar of 4,215 pounds, as against £7 in the pre
ceding year.
1896. ( ^ e ^ roves ^ Basrah neighbourhood were seiiously
damaged in 1896 by long-continued flooding of the Shatt-al- Arab, an^
the mischief was aggravated by excessive heat and by a south -eas win
which blew from the middle of August to the middle of Sep em e,
causing large quantities of unripe dates to shrivel and fall from the ree ,
the result was a serious diminution in both the bulk and the qua 1 J
the crop. In consequence of large supplies of boxes having been
in advance, there was a rush of dealers to purchase, and prices at ^ asi^
rose rapidly ; but a strong combination of selling agents having ^
formed in London, the prices at home and in the American marke
forced up, and Basrah shippers in the end succeeded in obtai i 0
tolerably remunerative prices.
The Baghdad crop in 1895 was fairly good, and shipments^
Jaffa, Bairut, Smyrna and Constantinople realised good prices; bu
made to England sold at a loss.
The total export from Basrah in this year amounted to ab 0
600,000 cases, of which 490,000 were sent to London in the '
53,000 to New York direct, and 57,000 to Bombay and Meai^
ranean ports.
1897. In 1897 the quantity of dates exported from Basrah was lar»^
than usual; but this was mainly due to a large increase in the num ^
native exporters, to whom British firms—imprudently, as was beiiev
gave facilities, and whom they financed ; the London market,
was overstocked, and the prices obtained from shippers by growers

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2300] (817/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 December 2023]

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