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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎35] (178/1782)

The record is made up of 2 volumes (1624 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English. 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.

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^ Shah 'Abbas II, the son and successor of Shah Safi, ruled from May Shah 'Abbas
1 641 until after the close of the period with which we are now concerned. II ' 16u * 66 -
Peace with Turkey was maintained unbroken throughout his reign; but
between 1648 and 1650 the Shah was at war with the Mughal Emperor,
from whom he succeeded in once more wresting Qandahar, According
to Tavernier the wall of BanH«r 'Abbas town was built about 1650.
Relations of the East India Company with the Persian Govern
ment, 1628-53
On the death of Shah J Abbas I, the fact, of which they were not
unaware, that commercial and similar concessions in Persia expired
with the sovereign by whom they were granted and must be renewed
by his successor, was brought home to the East India Company. Re
newal* of Shah ' Abbas's Farman of 1617 was obtained from Shah Sail
without much difficulty in July or August 1629, but not without an
undertaking on the part of the Company's agents that they would take
from the Shah annually 20,000 Tumans' worth of silk, paying for
one-third of the same in cash ; and, to ensure observance of the Farman
after issue, it was further found necessary to disburse about £1,500 a
year in presents to the Shah and his courtiers. The exigencies of the
Khan of Shiraz, though of a different character, were so serious that, in
1832 the Company's representatives in Persia pressed for permission
from their masters to " occupy," that is apparently to seize and fortify
without the consent of the Shah, a place upon the Persian coast to
which they might retire in an emergency ; but leave does not seem to
have been granted.
Most of the privileges of the Company were renewed by Shah
'Abbas I[ not long after his accession; but in 1644 some necessary
Farmans of a subsidiary character were refused on the ground that the
English had diminished their purchases of silk, - a fact which could
not be denied, and which, as we may remark in passing, was due to the
ascendancy at the time of Puritanical influences in England.
The yield of the English shares of the customs at Bandar 'Abbas
continued to be disappointingly small. In 1629 heavy loss was occasioned
by the proceedings of a Mughal Ambaseador from India, who, having
* For the terms in which the Farman was renweedt see Letters received hy the
Eist India Compaw^, Vol. V J, page 293
Renewal and
grant of Far •
mans, 1628 —
53.
History of
the English
moiety of the
Bandar
'Abbas Cus
toms, 1628 —
53.
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Theses two volumes make up Volume I, Part IA and Part IB (Historical) (pages i-778 and 779-1624) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part 1A contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914. There is also a 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (page v-viii) and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (pages ix-cxxx), both of which cover all volumes and parts of the Gazetteer .

Parts IA and IB consist of nine chapters:

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2 volumes (1624 pages)
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Volume I, Part I has been divided into two bound volumes (1A and 1B) for ease of binding. Part 1A contains an 'Introduction', 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Trees' and 'Detailed Table of Contents'. The content is arranged into nine chapters, with accompanying annexures, that relate to specific geographic regions in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The chapters are sub-divided into numbered periods according, for example, to 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 annexures focus on a specific place or historical event. Further subject headings also appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally at the bottom of the page to provide further details and references.

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Foliation: 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. The sequence runs through parts IA and IB as follows:

  • Volume I, Part IA: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 1, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 456. Total number of folios: 456. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 460.
  • Volume I, Part IB: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 457, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 878. It should be noted that folio 488 is followed by folio 488A. Total number of folios: 423. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 427.
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