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'Routes in Arabia' [‎661] (692/852)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (425 folios). 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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R oute N o , 184— contd.
but are not stony ; telegraph line 1,000 yards to right; low hili-
4 miles to right: at 4 miles open on left: on right closing diagons
ally on low hills 80 feet high and 500 yards distant; road good
and no longer sunken. At 5 miles pass burning hill on right,
100 yards off road ; at 5^ miles cross deep nullah, naphtha springs
on right bank, a little stream of bad water : enter hills and begin
to cross them diagonally ; road stony, pass on summit narrow,
15 feet wide and rocky ; marble and gypsum here ; road folloAvs
summit of hills for about U miles, strata tilted up in ridges almost
perpendicular, deep ravine on right, ground on right broken,
ridgey and raviney, road along summit bad and impassable for,
wheels : at 8 miles a kind of plateau, 1 mile long by half a mile
wide, country less broken ; at 9 miles cross small trickle of good
water: a few Arab huts and a ruined khan on the right. At 10 J
miles pass over summit of inner range of hills, very steep ascent
and descent for I mile on each side, very pebbly ; pass narrow, 12
feet Avide ; meet and cross telegraph line here. At 11|- miles
reach foot of hills with open cultivated plain in front extending
for about 10 miles in all directions : 5 or 6 small villages in plains
to right: after reaching bottom of hills the road turns to the left
and runs parallel to the hills and about 2 miles to the right of
them; road good and flat: cultivation on both sides. At 13
miles a small stream 10 yards on right, good water, small
copse on right. At 15^ miles pass small village on left U
miles off. Several villages on right, 2 or 3 miles off. At 16 miles
karez on both sides of road copse on right 100 yards oft goo 1
water here : telegraph line parallel ta road and 100 yarJs^off on
left. At 18 miles a mound on the right 100 feet high, also copses
about i mile from road: on the bft the telegraph line 1 100
yards distant and a small village 2 miles distant; cultivation on
both sides ; hills 4 miles off on left. At 20 miles cross small
stream, copse on right, ground undulating : at 21 miles pass 2
streams of water on right almost adjoining road, the larger one
indicated by a line of trees on its banks. At 23 miles, stony
downs which continue till Altun Kupri is reached; telegraph
line on left 1,000 yards away. The telegraph and the
road gradually converge on Altun Kupri. Enter Kupri by a
Chinese bridge with sharp cobbled stones, steep ascent and
descent: an abominable bridge, one arch span about 20 yards,
which is breadth of one stream. The river bifurcates here aid

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This volume contains descriptions of the 'more important of the known routes in Arabia proper' produced by the General Staff in Simla, India. It is divided up as follows:

Part I - Routes in North-Eastern, Eastern, and Southern Arabia.

Part II - Routes in South-Western, Western, and North-Western Arabia.

Part III - Miscellaneous Routes in Mesopotamia.

Appendix A - Information about Routes etc in the Rowanduz District by Abdullah Pasha, Hereditary Chief of Rowanduz and ex-official of the Turkish Government.

Appendix B - Information relating to Navigation etc of the Tigris between Mosul and Baghdad supplied by our Raftsmen.

The volume contains a Glossary of Arabic Terms used in the route descriptions and a map of Arabia with the routes marked on it.

Extent and format
1 volume (425 folios)

Divided into three sections as outlined in the scope and content.

The file contains a contents page that lists all of the routes included on folios 6-13 and uses the original printed pagination system.

Physical characteristics

Condition: A bound, printed volume.

Foliation: The file's foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates at the inside back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. Please note that f 424 is housed inside f 425.

Pagination: The volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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English in Latin script
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