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'ROUTES IN PERSIA. SECTION III' [‎152v] (309/739)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (367 folios). It was created in 1898. 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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No. 136— contd.
M ashad to H erat, vid SFar aim an,
No.
of
stage.
D istances
in miles.
R emaeks.
Names of stages.
Inter
mediate.
Total.
0
right. At 15 miles road turns off (that direct to
Herat vid Eusanak and Shekoban south-east by
east). At 17 miles, cross small stream, and quar
ter of a mile farther cross Hari Rud, 3 feet
deep. At 18 miles, village of Zangi Saba on
left, large ruined sarai and other buildings on
right. At 19 miles, ruins on left, and Eozanak
2 miles off left. At 20 miles, small fort on left.
At 21 miles, extensive ruins of ancient Grhurian ;
walls, towers, etc., cover the plain for miles,
splendid irrigation all round. A stream of good
water close to the tower. Supplies plentiful.
10
ZlNDAJAN
13
189 J
East by north, 5f hours. Road level and good; soil
alluvial, with a little gravel. Wind for some
distance between garden walls. At 2|- miles,
ice-house on left. At 7 miles, a small grove of
willows on a stream off left. At 10 miles, the large
village of Binderabad among gardens and ruins 2
miles off left, on the right bank of the Hari Rud.
Hence abundant cultivation both sides. At 11|
miles curious ruins with arabesques among trees
on right; cross a small stream and ruined fort on
right at 12th mile. Here road enters lanes
between ruins and walls. Water good. Supplies
procurable. See Index.
11
AB-I-JALII ...
15
204|
East by north, 4| hours. Road at first level, near
the river undulating, then good again. Water
abundant and excellent. Supplies scarce. At 1J
miles, emerge from garden walls. At 3 miles
a fine stream runs along left of road some
distance; a little farther a ruined fort on the
left. At 7 miles, another road from Zindajan
comes in from the left rear. Hence to river,
very undulating and cut up by ravines and tor
rents. At 8J miles cross Hari Rud, rapid and
two feet deep, ascend gradually to village^ of
Sangbast (9 miles) on the left. At 10 miles
small walled village and ruined fort off left. At
11 miles, the large village of Yadgah with a
broad stream running through it. Here the
mountains on the right terminate, turning off
south, much irrigation. At 11^ miles, a small
fort on the left.
12
H EEAT •»,
11
216J
East by north, 2f hours. Road level, but terribly
cut up by watercourses ; soil alluvial. Water
abundant and excellent. Supplies plentiful. At
1 mile ford a deep canal and pass a ruined fort
off left. At 2J miles, a broad and deep canal

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The volume is a Government of India official publication entitled Routes in Persia. Section III. Compiled in the Intelligence Branch of the Quarter Master General's Department in India (Simla: printed at the Government Central Printing Office, 1898).

The volume contains details of all land routes (numbered 1-247) in Persia starting from Russian territory and extending south as far as a line drawn from Karmanshah [Kermānshāh] south-eastwards through Burujird [Borūjerd], Isfahan [Eşfahān] and Yazd to Karman [Kermān], and thence north-east to Khabis [Khabīş] and Neh to Lash Juwain [Lāsh-e Juwayn].

The information given for each route comprises:

  • number of route;
  • place names forming starting point and destination of route;
  • authority and date;
  • number of stage;
  • names of stages;
  • distance in miles (intermediate and total);
  • remarks (including precise details of the route, general geographical information, and information on smaller settlements, local peoples, agriculture, condition of roads, access to water, supplies of wood, and other routes).

An appendix within the volume (folios 356-359) and two separately-stored sets of loose sheets (containing routes numbers 77 (a) and 140-A, folios 363-369) give information too late for incorporation in the body of the work.

The volume also contains pockets attached to the front and back inside covers for maps. These consist of an index map showing the limits of each of the three sections of Routes in Persia (folio 2) and an index map to the routes in Section III (folio 361). There is also a fold-out map of the route from Seistan [Sīstān] to Mashad on folio 232.

An ink stamp on the front cover records the confidential nature of the publication and that it was being transmitted for the information of His Excellency the Viceroy (Victor Alexander Bruce, 9th Earl of Elgin and 16th Earl of Kincardine) only.

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1 volume (367 folios)
Arrangement

The volume contains an alphabetical cross index (folios 6-17), and an alphabetical index to names of places (folios 18-25).

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates on the last page of the loose supplementary sheets (found in the small grey folder within the main folder); 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.

Pagination: the volume also contains a printed pagination sequence.

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