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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎375] (518/1782)

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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approved by His Majesty^s Government, and the flagstaffs, consisting of
tubular iron poles 88 feet in height, were erected by H. M. S. " Sphinx"
in the positions selected for them on the 21st and 22nd of November
1904.
Early in 1905, however, in connection with the French flag arbitration
proceedings at the Hague, fresh facts came to light which made it impos
sible to regard the Euus-al-Jibal promontory otherwise than as a part of
the Sultanate of ; Oman. This in itself might not have necessitated the
abandonment of the new flagstaffs, but a further difficulty had arisen at the
end of 1904 in regard to the pattern of flag to be flown ; and the Admii-
alty, influenced chiefly by the consideration that the protection of the flags
would devolve on the Royal Navy ; and that their presence, unaccompanied
by the proclamation of a protectorate or by formal annexation, would not
avail to prevent foreign powers from hoisting similar flags in adjoining
positions, opposed the retention of the flagstaffs. Meanwhile the election
of the staffs, though carried out with all possible secrecy, had not escaped
notice, and an article referring to that on Ghanam Island, piobably
the pen of M. Goguyer at Masqat— appeared in the " Ahram/' an
Arabic newspaper at Cairo, on the "21st June 1905. The xemoval of the
flagstaffs wast decided on, but was deferred until the conclusion of the
proceedings at the Hague ; it was eventually carried out in pait ^on
18th October 1905 by the telegraph steamer a Patrick Stewart." The
staff on Ghanam Island was found intact, but that on Maqlab had been
thrown down and stripped of its fittings by the Arabs of the neighbour
hood. The staff on Telegraph Islet was left in situ pending further
consideration of the question. < British light
In 1904 it was proposed by the Government of India to establish a houge
light-house, partly in the interests of navigation and paitly in " 1 ^ <1 ^ *
strengthen the political position of Britain in the Ruus-al Jibal clistric ,
either upon the extremity of the Ruus-al-Jibal promontory oi upon
one of the three islands known as the Quoins (Salamah wa Binat ha).
Preparations were even made for proceeding with the woik , but in eon
sequence, it would seem, of the altered views of the Biitish Government
as to the ownership of Ruus-al-Jibal, the scheme "was not pursue ,
though it was still strongly advocated by shipping inteiests in the Gu
British naval demonstrations.
An effective rejoinder to Russian and French displays of na\a '
was made on various occasions, at the instance of the Government o
India, by the despatch of British vessels of superior strength to the Gult;

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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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