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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎44] (187/1782)

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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1636.
1638.
1639.
1611.
1648.44
1646-47.
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In 1636 President Fremlen from Surat visited Bandar-"Abbas and
drew up a new set of "regulations these were apparently adopted, but
their nature is not explained.
In 1638 a letter from King- Charles, requesting that commercial rela
tions might be placed on a better footing, was presented to the Shah
along with portraits of the English royal family ; and by these means a
new contract for silk was secured, as also a Farman for the recovery of
debts still due to the Company under a former contract. In the same
year, at the time of Mandelslo's visit to Bandar ''Abbas, the exports of
the English from that port were silk and cotton cloth, raw silk and raw
cotton, Persian carpets, rhubarb, saffron, rose water, etc., while their
imports were cloth, tin and steel from England, and indigo and silk and
cotton stuffs from India; the stuffs last mentioned were, it would appear,
preferred by the Persians, on account of their finer texture and brighter
colours, to the manufactures of their own country.
In 1639 Fremlen's "regulations " began to produce their effect,
hich w as apparently satisfactory; and, partly it would appear by means
of a threat of withdrawing from Isfahan, an order was obtained from the
bhah for ^65 loads of silk and arrears of customs at Bandar 'Abbas; but
it was feared that there would be difficulty in arranging a fresh silk
contract. It appears to have been really the desire of the Company at
this time to close the Isfahan Factory and concentrate their business at
Bandar Abbas; but the competition of the Dutch and of Courten^s
Association rendered the abandonment of Isfahan impossible. Shiraz, on
account of its superior climate, was inhabited, so far as possible, by the
Factors in Persia in preference to Bandar 'Abbas.
In 1611 trade was depressed by uncertain markets; and outstandings
not easily recoverable and presents which the Shah required in return for
exei > P ett y barman made serious inroads upon the Company's profits.
In 1642 Peisian merchants dealing with Aleppo began to undersell the
Company in European goods, but the trade in Indian commodities con
tinued profitable.
The position of affairs about this time cannot however have been
satisfactory, for in 1643 the Company were inclined to withdraw from the
Persian trade altogether, first selling off their stock and recovering their
debts in the country; but the design was opposed by their local represen
tatives. In 1644 the intentions of the Company were still doubtful, but
eventually they decided to remain.
In 1646 a fall in the price of silk in Persia temporarily re -invigorated
that bianch of the business, which was in a drooping state; but in 161^

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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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