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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎212] (355/1782)

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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The development of Turkish 'Iraq seems to have become, about this
time, an object of concern to the British Government. Their motives
in the matter appear to have been partly economic, but partly also
political. They were anxious to discover the best line for postal com
munication with India, and this they seem to have supposed might be
afforded by 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. and the great water-ways of Mesopotamia,
rather than by the Red Sea and the Egyptian overland route; but it is
probable that they were also influenced by considerations connected with
the apprehended competition of Russia for political influence in the Middle
East. A report on the administrative and economic position in Turkish
''Iraq was submitted to the British Government at the end of 1831-by
the traveller Mr. J. B. Eraser, who had been commissioned by them to
investigate it upon the spot. Early in 1835 an expedition under Colonel
F. R. Cbesney, R.A., left England for Turkish Arabia to make an ex
periment, for which the permission of the Porte had been obtained, and
for which the British Parliament had granted £20,000 and the East
India Company £5,000, in the direction of introducing steam navigation
upon the Euphrates. Two river steamers were launched upon the upper
Euphrates in the course of 1835-36 ; but one of them, the "Tigris,"
was unfortunately lost in a storm within a few weeks after her
completion. The remaining vessel, the " Euphrates^ navigated on the
rivers Euphrates, Shatt-al-'Arab and Tigris, of which surveys were made,
during the rest of the year; but in December the expedition was broken
up, and the " Euphrates " was then transferred on a valuation from the
British Government to the East India Company. The experiment, in
so far as it related to the establishment of rapid and certain communi
cation between England and India, cannot be described as a success;
and in 1837 the Red Sea route, which was better suited for the con
veyance of passengers and goods, was officially adopted.
British Trade 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. , 1810-36.
In regard to commerce, the period with which we are now concerned
was chiefly remarkable 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. for the cessation of the trade
hitherto carried on by the servants of the East India Company for the
Company s benefit, as well as of that in which they had hitherto been
permitted to engage on their own account. Restrictions upon private

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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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