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‘Gazetteer of Persia, Part III, including Fārs, Lūristān, Arabistān, Khūzistān, Yazd, Karmānshāh, Ardalān, Kurdistān’ [‎5v] (15/686)

The record is made up of 1 volume (336 folios). It was created in 1885. 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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coast to Ashurada island; thence in a straight line to Shahrud;
and from the latter south-east to Tabas hill, Sihkuha, and the
Helmand, where that river first strikes the south-east border of
The Hunterian method of spelling has been adopted.
The list of Authorities consulted has reference to those used
in the compilation of the whole four volumes. Lieutenant-Colonel
Bell’s Military Report on South-West Persia, 1884, and Captain
B. H. Jenning’s Report of Reconnaissance in Persian Baluchis
tan, 1885, have been omitted from the list, and should be included.
The inadvisability of further delaying the publication of the
first volume prevents the mass of information collected by the
Boundary Commission regarding this north-east corner of Persia
being incorporated in it.
The information will probably soon be collected and published
separately, and must be read in conjunction with the present
Vol. I, the latter without it being incomplete.
A Medical Report on Northern Persia will be found in the
Preface of Vol. II; while medical information regarding the
parts of Southern Persia adjoining the telegraph line from
Bushahr northward will be found- under the headings of the
different telegraph stations in Vol. III.
Simla, November 26th, 1885.

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The third of four volumes comprising a Gazetteer of Persia. The volume, which is marked Confidential, covers Fārs, Lūristān [Lorestān], Arabistān, Khūzistān [Khūzestān], Yazd, Karmānshāh [Kermānshāh], Ardalān, and Kurdistān. The frontispiece states that the volume was revised and updated in April 1885 in the Intelligence Branch of the Quartermaster General’s Department in India, under the orders of Major General Sir Charles Metcalfe Macgregor, Quartermaster-General in India. Publication took place in Calcutta [Kolkata] by the Superintendent of Government Printing, India, in 1885.

The following items precede the main body of the gazetteer:

The gazetteer includes entries for human settlements (villages, towns and cities), geographic regions, tribes, significant geographic features (such as rivers, canals, mountains, valleys, passes), and halting places on established routes. Figures for latitude, longitude and elevation are indicated where known.

Entries for human settlements provide population figures, water sources, location relative to other landmarks, climate. Entries for larger towns and cities can also include tabulated meteorological statistics (maximum and minimum temperatures, wind direction, remarks on cloud cover and precipitation), topographical descriptions of fortifications, towers, and other significant constructions, historical summaries, agricultural, industrial and trade activities, government.

Entries for tribes indicate the size of the tribe (for example, numbers of men, or horsemen), and the places they inhabit. Entries for larger tribes give tabulated data indicating tribal subdivisions, numbers of families, encampments, summer and winter residences, and other remarks.

Information sources are provided at the end of each gazetteer entry, in the form of an author or source’s surname, italicised and bracketed.

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1 volume (336 folios)

The gazetteer’s entries are arranged in alphabetically ascending order.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 341; 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 has two printed pagination systems, the first of which uses Roman numerals and runs from I to XIII (ff 3-10), while the second uses Arabic numerals and runs from 1 to 653 (ff 12-338).

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‘Gazetteer of Persia, Part III, including Fārs, Lūristān, Arabistān, Khūzistān, Yazd, Karmānshāh, Ardalān, Kurdistān’ [‎5v] (15/686), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MIL/17/15/1, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 18 November 2019]

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