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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎171] (314/1782)

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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171
Supposed designs and actual proceedings of the French in the
East, and counteractive measures taken by the British and
Indian Governments, 1798-1810.
More disturbing, however, than the real injuries suffered by British
oommerce at sea were the apprehensions aroused by Bonaparte's insatiable
ambition, especially after his invasion of Egypt in 1798, when the
opinion that he meditated* Asiatic conquests first began to gain ground.
There were solid indications, in the shape of French political missions
and other circumstances, which showed that the countries of the Middle
East were included in his designs; and the audacity and phenomenal
success of his career in Europe made caution necessary in assigning limits
to what he might achieve, or at least attempt, in Asia.
In India, where Tipu Sultan of Mysore was still a dangerous enemy Circumstances
to the British Government and other native princes were disaffected, ^d^amT ^
circumstances were at the beginning of the period propitious to anti-
British intrigue. The disquiet in India was intensified by annual threats
of invasion on the part of Zaman Shah, the ruler of Afghanistan, whose
incapacity to carry them out and the precariousness of whose own
position at home were not as yet realised by the British authorities ; and
it was feared that, should he enter the country, he might be welcomed
by some of the Muhammadan powers as a deliverer from the British
and from the Marathas. A letter from Bonaparte to the Sultan of
J Oman, written at Cairo in January 1799, was intercepted by the British
at sea; it contained an enclosure for Tipu Sultan in which hopes of
French assistance against the British were held out to him. Tipu
Sultan on his part was active in seeking aid against the British where-
ever he thought that it might be found ; and, shortly before his death,
he despatched embassies to the courts of Kabul, Tehran and Constanti
nople, which all arrived together at Masqat, then the seat of a political
representative of the Mysore Government, in April 1799. The Kabul
mission proceeded from Masqat to Sonmiani, and we have no information
# On the 27th, September 1800 Captain Malcolm wrote from Isfahan; " Those
l-ascals the French will persuade the Turks that they are their best friends before
they have done ; and if they succeed in establishing themselves in Egypt on any termB>
we mast look to every quarter, and to none with more care than 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. ."

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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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