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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎62] (205/1782)

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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Visit of the On the 23rd of July 1699 the Shah, attended by the ladies of his
English 0 Fax- Haram, paid a vieit in state to the English Factory at Isfahan, then
torj at Isfa- under the management of Mr. Bruce, where sumptuous preparations had
reaults^l699- ^ een ma ^ e ^ or reception. The visit was prompted by his own curiosity
1700. to examine a building of which the agreeable exterior had attracted its
notice, but it did not take place until the Shah had satisfied himself that
a precedent existed, to prove its consistence with his dignity, in a similar
visit by Shah 'Abbas I to the English Factory after the taking of
Hormuz. On the appointed day the Factory building and warehouses
were vacated by the staff, who had also petitioned the Shah " that direc
tions might be given to the eunuchs to prevent persons from attempting,
by means of the holes in the buildings, to look at the King and his attend
ants, J ' and everything passed off happily. The expenses of the reception
amounted to more than £12,000, but the results were advantageous. Not
only did the Shah testify to his gratification by presenting a robe of
honour, a valuable sword and a horse to the Agent, but one year's arrears
of customs were immediately paid at Bandar 'Abbas, and other solid
advantages followed. The Dutch soon afterwards tried to induce the
Shah to visit their Factory likewise, but in this they were not successful.
In 1700 a gift of " optical glasses of all descriptions " and a a collection
of rich sword blades for his selection " were sent by the Company to the
Shah in acknowledgment of the favour shown by him to their representa
tives ; and the Agent, now a Mr. Oliver, was instructed to present a
petition for the privilege of exporting raw silk from Persia.
Prescott's In 1 / 04 a Mr. Prescott was sent from England to convey a letter,
miSon' tUl accom P anie<1 b J presents, from Queen Anne to the Shah and to take
1704-0o. charge of the Company's Factories in Persia. He died at 'Isin near Bandar
Abbas in November 1705, three months after his arrival in the
country, commemorated only by a remark of the Agents in Persia,
that an honourable Agent would have been better than a poor
Ambassador. "
Disci edit to The credit of the English in Persia had now again fallen to a low
from the pre- ^ eve ^ 011 acc ount of the dishonourable treatment to which they were
valence of being subjected by the Mughals in India and of their own failure to
piracy9 6*2, j « _ #
1705-07. repress piracy; and in 1707 the Shah proposed to send a Persian
merchant as an envoy to Bombay to solicit naval aid against the pirates.
TLe English Agent in Persia, however, fearing that the state of affairs
in India did not reflect credit on his country and that closer acquaintance
with them on the part of the Persians might lead to a combination be
tween the Persians and the Dutch, dissuaded him from his intention by
promising that suitable measures should be taken against the pirates as

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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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