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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎383] (526/1782)

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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H. M. s. "Redbreast," Commander H. B. T. Somemlle, was Khor ; aV
employed during the winter of 1904-05 in examining the Khor-al- Bahrain.
Oalai'ah islet of Bahrain Island, which it was hoped might afford harhonr
Sites superior to those of the exposed anchorage off Man^mah The
survev however, showed that the entrance was difficult and the holding-
ground poor, and no steps were taken for the utilisation of the inlet
beyond the erection of a permanent heacon to mark the entrance. A res 1
survey of Manamah harbour and its approaches had already been made )y
the Koyal Indian Marine Ship "Investigator "in 1901-02
The increased importance 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. after 13 1 anse ic ^ompi
need of a geographical and historical handbook of that region for the use j, i n G „,{
r^itic!l officers to be felt. The compilation of the present Ga.etteer
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. , 'Oman, and Central Arabia was accordingly omcred
bv Lord Cnrzon in 1903 and begun in the following year. In the wntcr
of 1904-05 the writer, assisted by Mr. J. C. Gaskin, afterwards Conmcr-
cial Assistant to the Resident at Baghdad, and by Lieutenant C I.
Gabriel, a candidate for the Political Department of the Govemmmt 0^
India to which he was subsequently appointed, toured m the Gil an
collected information for the Gazetteer. Among the places visited oy the
writer at thij time were Masqat, Sohar, Sbarjah, Bahrain, Kuwait, tasrah
Baghdad, Kirbala, Hillah, Muhammareh, Bushehr, Bandar Abbai, and
Jashk; he lad previously accompanied the cruise of Lord Curzonin the
Persian Gul: at the end of 1908. Detailed surveys of different d B tricts
in the Gulf were made during the cold weather of I9U4.0O m comection
with the Gazetteer operations, by a party from India under Surveya Slier
Jang, K B; they resulted in large scale maps of the Bahrain Islau s 0
the country about Kuwait and between Kuwait and the Turkish fr.11t.cr,
of the Bishehr peninsula, and of the tract in 'Oman forming c name-
diate hinterland of the towns of Masqat and Matrah. T. mr „ ev , a „a
Va-ious other explorations were made, both independent y 0 a» explorat i 00 ,
connertion with the Gazetteer. In 1901 Ca lf %^ ^^
Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Masqat, with Captain H. H. Dow mg 0 _ 1 ^ ' partly in
. TnvTnm the Oman bultatate connectiou
Intelligence Branchj Simla ; ascended y _ qvi i • with the
from the sea to its head, returning to Masqat via Wadi Samail; an Gazetteer .
1902 Major P. Z. Cox, unaccompanied by any European, made a teur
of 400 miles across the whole breadth of 'Oman from Abu Dhabi
to Masqat and obtained much new /Jy
tricts of Dliahirah and Oman Proper. 1 nh^wed
River in 'Arabistan, HI then very ^
in 1904 by Major Burton, His Britannic Majesty s i
at Muhammareh, who also investigated the geograp y o

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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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