Dalil al-Khalij. Gazetteer of The Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia. TWO VOLUMES IN FIVE + BOX OF MAP & CHARTS.

LORIMER, John Gordon.

Book ID: 9280


8vo. Volume I: Historical: Part 1A: cxxx, 786 pp., / Volume I: Part 1B: 787-1624 pp., pencil underlining on first few pages / Volume I: Part 2: cxxx, 1625-2741 pp., / Volume II A: Geographical and Statistical: iv (introduction), 1030 pp., / Volume II B: Geographical and Statistical: 1031-1952 pp., / Box: Volume I, Historical: contains 17 folding genealogical charts, 1 large folding map, 1 folding chart, red cloth, title gilt on spine, previous owner’s name inscribed verso front covers, reprinted from original 1908 - 1915 edition in the India Office library, Gregg International Publishers Limited, Westmead, 1970.


The Gazetteer was first published in two volumes, the first in 1908, the second in 1915, but was not released to the public. It was classified as ‘Secret and For Official Use Only’ by British Government Departments and Agencies until 1970, when the ban was lifted.
The Gazetteer is considered an encyclopaedia for Arab Gulf region. It covers geographical, historical, and social details concerning the Persian Gulf. Lorimer, an official in the Indian Civil Service, was placed on special duty and given the task of compiling a ‘convenient and portable handbook’ for British policy makers and representatives in the area. It was to be completed in six months for use as a work of reference for British officials during the pre-First World War period of increasing international tension in the Gulf area.
Several editions appeared of this monumental work, but some of them were published with alterations of the original texts and omissions of certain parts. This is the complete English and Arabic translation of the Gazetteer.

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