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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎153] (296/1782)

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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from M. Verninac and one from the Pasha of Baghdad. On the 14th
of October, having transacted their business with the minister and
collected a quantity of valuable materials relating to the recent history of
Persia, they set out on their homeward journey; from the middle of
December J 796 to the beginning of May 1797 they halted at Baghdad,,
waiting for the formation of a caravan; and in October 1797, after a
tour to Cyprus and through part of Asia Minor, they regained Constanti
nople. Here they were detained for some time by the necessity of
collecting their valuable specimens, which had been left in deposit at
various places ; and the death of the French Ambassador, M. Aubert du
Bayet, placed a difficulty in the way of their obtaining a secure means
of transport by sea to France, which Mr. Smith, in charge of the British
Embassy, declined to remove by furnishing them with special safe-con
ducts. They did not sail from Constantinople until the 30th of May
1798, and, still loitering by the way, they only reached Ancona on the
19th of September. On the 3rd of October M. Bruguiere died of fever
at Ancona, and M. Olivier returned to France alone.
It is obvious from the leisurely way in which this mission proceeded,
and from the large amount of attention which it devoted to matters
only indirectly, or not at all, connected with politics, that it cannot have
had any immediate or definite task to perform. Its object at first, in
so far as that object was political, seems to have been to discover in the
Ottoman Empire some field in which the activities of the French nation
might be deployed with advantage ; and, in this connection, the * occupa
tion of Egypt by the French was strongly recommended by the members
of the mission. The journey to Tehran in 1796 was no part of the
original scheme, and it was probably made under specific instructions,
which, from various remarks by M. Olivier in his Voyage, we may con
jecture to have been : first, to arrange an alliance between Persia and
Fuikey against Russia, and, second to revive French influence in Persia.
As the French delegates obtained a promise that a Persian Ambassador
should be sent to Constantinople, they may be considered to have partial
ly attained the former of these objects ; but in regard to the other, if it
were what we assume it to have been, they were not so fortunate. At
the time of their visit to Tehran two treaties between France and Persia
already existed, of which the later had been signed at Paris by a Persian
*In one passage in hie Voyage (II, 133) M. Olivier seems to claim for the
reports of his colleague and himself the creait of Wine brought about the subse-
quent expedition to Egypt under Bonaparte.

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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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