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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎43] (186/1782)

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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zines were plundered and local rebellions occurred^ resulting^ in 1631, in
the dissemination of Persian silk far and wide over Turkey and Russia;
the new Shah, moreover, was addicted rather to dissipation than to business,
and he did not at first maintain stocks of silk for disposal as had been the
custom of his grandfather. Much difficulty, too, occurred in transporting
the silk, which was collected at Isfahan, to the port of shipment at
Bandar ^Abbas; and in 1681-32 no less than six English Factors
succumbed to the hardships of the road, while accompanying caravans
between those two places. After this a short-lived attempt was made to
have the silk brought to Bandar ""Abbas by Persian agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ; but the
frauds committed by the native transporters were enormous, and it was
found necessary to re-weigh and examine every bale at Bandar 'Abbas.
In 1633 a profitable trade was done. The conclusion was now 1633.
reached that, inasmuch as private merchants in Persia had no credit and
were unreliable, the only practicable method of carrying on the silk
traffic was by means of a general contract with the Shah,—an arrange
ment however not free from drawbacks, for there was a constant danger
of the Dutch outbidding the English for the contract. In the same year
also some frauds, in regard both to the quality and quantity of the silk
supplied, were discovered ; but redress was obtained by a representation
to the Shah, to whom the faulty silk was shown.
In 1634 it was reported that the last contract, which was for nearly 1634.
£100,000 worth of silk, had been satisfactorily fulfilled by the Shah's
agent; but the Dutch were busily engaged in bribing the Persian
officials, and it was feared that in future the Shah would demur to receiv
ing any portion of the price of his silks in kind and would insist on full
payment in cash.
In 1635 the Company in London instructed their servants in India 1635.
to procure pepper and fine spices, for the purpose at once of facilitating
the trade in Persia and improving that in India. About the same time
the commercial position was reconsidered by the Company's representa
tives in Persia, who were inclined to recommend that the royal contract
system for silk should be discontinued and the article bought instead in
the open market j but, before orders on their proposals could be given, a
fresh contract was arranged by Gibson, the Agent at Isfahan, on the
16th July 1636 : under this agreement the Shah undertook to deliver
1,000 loads of silk to the English within three years at the rate of 43
TOmans or about £130 per load, and to accept -payment for one-third of
the whole amount in ready money and for the remainder in broadcloth,
kerseys and tin.

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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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