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'Routes in Arabia' [‎713] (744/852)

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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 . 200— contd.
2 BA QUBAH .. 13 m.
road is a broad track
ovei a desert plain of alluvial soil; there anynounds of old
r .r .la nr. pithor hand At 6 miles the road to Mandali via Buhnz
Sthe" offt the north-east. At 8 miles there is cultivation
on both sides of the road ; at 9 miles an ^ngation chann ,
jjiyaitui are gardens , dates, and poplar trees
o neither hand. The road now runs up the river bank, the g rounc
becomhig hilly and broken. At 12J miles a small ..rat is passed
to the left of the road and the Diyalah river is cro^ed by asmng^
ing bridge which is unfit for guns, consisting of 11 ^ '
spare for increasing the span when the water rises) oyer which
a 12 foot road-way is laid. It is a rickety ^
able for pack transport, but unfit for any wheeled vehiclesex
cent very light ones. The pontoons are in good conditiom a
verv slight repair (materials for which are obtainable on the spot)
rmfu nut the road-way into condition for the passage of guns.
The approaches on both sides are soft and likely t o be ^P^JT
after rain. The banks of the river are perpendicular, the rig
being 15 feet and the left 30 feet above the level of the water
The road now runs in an easterly direction through high walled
Lrd^ and at 13 miles enters Ba'qubah where there is a tele-
graph and a post office. There is good camping ground to be
fouml anywhere outside the town. The road throughout is good
and passable to all arms with the exception of the Diyalah bridge.
SuppUes abundant. Water from the river. Forage plentiful.
Fuel plentiful. No camels. About 20 other transport animals
could be collected daily.
3 ABUJISRA •• W- llor «nLtrl y . '"the
road emerges from the
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northern entrance of Ba'qnbah, through the walled gardens with

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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.

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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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