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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎347] (490/1782)

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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excavation of ancient sites ; and work at Babylon, begun in 1898 by a
German mission, continued throughout the period.
The actual interests of Germany 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. were thus, it will
be seen, small as yet ; but her prospective interests, dependent on the
Baghdad Kail way and on an expansion of trade, were very considerable.
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Belgian activity 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. , 1899-1905.
A small Belgian enterprise in the Gulf deserves mention as showing the p r ojected
readiness of all nations to participate, if a profitable opening could be found,
in business operations there. M. Simais, formerly Commercial Attache of
the Belgian Legation at Tehran and in 1901 Director-General of the Per
sian Customs of the South, was undoubtedly interested in the proceedings;
he had visions of a Belgian trading syndicate which would establish a bank
in Persia and a line of steamers in the Gulf in competition with existing
British institutions.
The prospecting operations of M. Simais' friends were carried out by a Cruise of
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small Belgian steam yacht, the " Selika" of Antwerp, commanded by
M. Adrien de Gerlache, who had once led a Belgian expedition of discovery
in the antartic regions. The party consisted, besides Al. de Gerlache, of a
military officer, an artist, a doctor and two men of science, the last being, it
was said, of French nationality. After leaving Masqat, where she arrived
on the 7th of March, the " Selika " cruised along the coast of Ruus-al-
Jibal and was not seen again until she appeared at Bahrain on t he 11th
April. According to statements by the party travelling on her she had
called at Dibai, had been detained a fortnight by an accident to her machi
nery at the island of Arzanah, and had spent two days at Dohah; but the
length of time during which she had lingered in the neighbourhood of the
pearls banks appeared suspicious, especially as the remaindei of hei cruise
was short and as M. Simais stated that she came in connection with a peail
fishing concession granted by the Persian Government two years previously.
On the 21st of April the " Selika " left Bahrain for Qatif, and on the
•23rd she reached Bushehr, whence she took her departure for Bombay. It
was subsequently aecertained that the travellers in the Selika had
purchased or otherwise obtained about 3,000 francs' worth of small pearls
which they sold at a high profit on their return to Europe. ^
In November 1901 M. de Gerlache reappeared at Bahrain, but without
the " Selika," and his pearl-dealing operations were this time unsuccessful.

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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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