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'ROUTES IN PERSIA. SECTION III' [‎160r] (324/739)

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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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2C5
No. 141.
Mashad to Eui-Khaf, vid Sangha
No.
Names of stages.
Distancbs
in miles.
of
stage
Inter
mediate
Total,
Eemaeks.
,
1
Sangbast
22
22
Excellent road over gravel plain, slightly undu
lating in places. Practicable for any traffic with
very slight preparation. Good-sized village
Supplies. Excellent water. See Index,
2
Faeahgird ...
16|
38|
Eoad as ahove. Group of villages. Excellent
water. Supplies fairly abundant.
3
KALA-I-DtTKHTAE.
14|
53i
First part of road as above. After 10th mile
slightly hilly, but still good. Small hamlet ;
good water $ few supplies.
4
Shahan-i-Bala
26
•<r
co
twl-
Road hilly, but fairly good to 6J miles, then cross
kotal with steep and trying descent. Thence
good road up grassy valley to 11 miles,—rock v
river-bed in narrow gorge. Easy ascent to top of
Kala Mmar Kotal (14^ miles). Easy descent,
and good road over undulating country to Sha'
han-i-Bala, Large village. Supplies. Good
water.
6
Fathabad ...
2oi
104}
First 9 miles, good road over gravel plain. Agha
Hasan. Descend into and cross wide shed an
easy crossing. Thence good road, down valley,
to 21 miles; rocky water-course ; bad road for
about 1 furlong. Thence to 23rd mile excellent
road, over gravel plain. Large village. Supplies
plentiful. Water excellent.
6
Suliman
21

125|
Excellent road oyer gravel plain, with much culti.
vation. Practicable for any traffic. Small vil,
lage, numerous other villages near. Supplies
obtainable. Water good.
7
kui-khaf m .
23^
149|
Road as above. Khaf good-sized town, but now
mostly deserted and in ruins. Supplies obtain,
able. Water good.
Si

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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)
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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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