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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎227] (370/1782)

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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In 1856-57, with countenance of His Britannic Majesty's Government Propo 8 ed Ea-
anc the support of the Hobble East India Company, a British Company VaI *
was formed for the construction of a Euphrates Valley Railway connect- me 57
ing the Mediterranean with 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 even obtained from the
Porte a concession for the undertaking. Subsequently the promoters
among whom were Mr. Andrew, the originator of the scheme, and Colonel
Chesney, the leader of the Mesopotamian expedition of 1835-37, sought a
financial guarantee for the enterprise from the British Government of the
day; but they failed to secure one, and the concession lapsed.
This was not, it may be observed, the first project for a Railway to
connect the Mediterranean with 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. . Another had been
propounded previously in or about 1840.
Xn 1801 the " City of London/' the first steamer to ply on the waters Introduction
of Turkish 'Iraq for commercial purposes, was placed on the Tigris by ckUteam 1 '
Messis. Lynch & Co., a British firm at Baghdad, but associated in this navigation on
matter with other shareholders under the name of the Euphrates and
Tigris Steam Navigation Company, Limited. As the Vizirial letter of
1846 seemed an insufficient basis on which to risk a considerable amount
of capital. His Britannic Majesty's Ambassador at Constantinople had
endeavoured in 1859-61 to obtain a regular concession or Farman for
steam navigation in the name of the Company. A document was granted,
but it was not of the sort desired and, while it contained nothing new,
it added materially to the confusion and uncertainty in which the
question of British rights of internal navigation was involved.
The largeness and almost exclusiveness of the part played by Britain in
the opening up of Turkish 'Iraq by navigation, and by explorations and
surveys to be mentioned later, begot in the minds of the local British
officers about this time a habit of regarding the province almost as a
British protectorate.
Disturbance of the political equilibrium 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. by
Central Arabian factors, 1839-53.
During the period now in question Central Arabia became, during a
few years, a focus from which disturbing influences radiated to different
parts 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. .
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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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