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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎577] (720/1782)

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 1901, with tlie permission of tlie Sultan and under the instructions
of the Government of India, an expedition was organised for the
examination of some coal measures which were reported to exist in the
hinterland of Sur. The first attempt, made by Captain Cox and
Dr von Krafft, a geologist of the Government of India, from Kalhat as
startino- point, was baffled by the behaviour of the Masharifah and other
tribes on whose credulity M. Ottavi, his assistant ; Abdul 'Aziz, the
family of Shaikh Salih-bin-'Ali, Harithi, and Hilal-bin-'Amr and Mohsin-
bin-'Amr of the Hirth had worked with effect for, although the party,
not without long delay and after being ambuscaded and fired at en route,
succeeded in reaching the spot, which lay at the head of Wadi Falaij 20
miles inland from Sur, their examination of it in the circumstances was
necessarily so hasty as to be of little value. The Sultan, who had done
his utmost to facilitate the work and had even proceeded for the purpose
to Sur and sent his son Saiyid Taimur to join the party, subsequently
made arrangements for a second expedition, which in November 1901 was
carried out by Captain Cox, accompanied on this occasion by Dr. Oldham
as geologist and by Captain Dowding of the Essex Regiment as an
Intelligence Officer. A thorough exploration of the neighbourhood
showed that the coa!, though of excellent quality, existed in small
quantity only, and that there was no prospect of mining operations being
undertaken with profit; as a precaution, however, an engagement* was
obtained from the Saltan in 1902, that he would not grant a concession
for working the field to any foreign government or company until an
opportunity had bem given to the British Government of undeitaking
the work in conjunction with the Sultan himself.
Captain3 Cox and Dowding, on their return journey, landed at Daghmar
and thence returned to Masqat by a circular overland route via Wadi Tayin
and Wadi Samail ; they met with no obstruction or incivility except at
the one small village of 'Aqdah, where the inhabitants at first barred the
way, gun in hand with lighted match.
In the summer of 1902, Major Cox was able to carry out, unaccom
panied by any European, a journey by land from Abu Dhabi in Trucia
'Oman to Masqat. This was the longest tour ever made by a British
officer in 'Oman ; it was entirely successful ; and a large amount of
valuable information regarding the districts of Baraimi, Dhahirah an
'Oman Proper was gleaned by Major Cox on the way.
During recent years various additions have been made by the Govern ^
ment of India to their material assets and staff at Masqat. In 1901, erect i on 0 f
quarters.
The text of this undertaking will be found in Annexure No. 5 to this chapter,
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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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