Travels in Assyria Media and Persia including a Journey from Baghdad By Mount Zagros, to Hamadan the ancient Ecbatana, researches in Ispahan and the ruins of Persepolis, and Journey from Thence by Shiraz and Shapoor to the Sea-Shore, description of Bussorah, Bushire, Bahrein, Ormuz, and Muscat, narrative of an expedition against the pirates of the Persian Gulf, with illustrations of the voyage of Nearchus, and passage by the Arabian Sea to Bombay .

Buckingham, James Silk.

Book ID: 3962

ISBN:      0576031658

£75.00

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8vo. xvi, 545 pp., frontispiece, 1 folding map, 26 illustrations, blue cloth, previous owner’s name inscribed verso front cover, index, a reprint of 1829 first edition, Gregg International Publishers Limited, Farnborough, 1971.

Synopsis

The least common of Buckingham’s works on the Arab Gulf. James Silk Buckingham worked as a journalist in India publishing the Calcutta Journal in 1818, but it was banned as it criticised the Indian government policy. He travelled through Syria and Iraq.
In this work Buckingham describes the pearl fisheries on the Arabian coast near Bahrein and Qatar, with a discussion on the imperfect mapping of that coast. Kuwait is discussed at some length, as is a diplomatic mission to the ”pirate chief” Hassan Bin Rahma Sheikh of Ras El-Khayma. This description and Buckingham further comments on the military strength of the Sheikh and his allies on the Trucial coast and inland, together with a geographical description of the area, is probably the first such description to have been printed in any language.
Bibliographic references: Ghani, p. 55; Macro 608; Not in Blackmer or Hamilton.

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