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Persian Gulf Pilot. N.P. No. 63.

Comprising the Persian Gulf and it s Approaches from Ra's al Hadd, in the South-west to Ras Muari in the East.

Published: London: published by the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1967

Stock code: 99503

Price: £750

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First published 1870, this eleventh edition following the tenth of 1955. All editions of these highly-detailed navigational handbooks to the Gulf tend to be uncommon. Beyond the specifically maritime aspects these handbooks did provide some basic background on local conditions, climate, items of trade, and so forth. An interesting record of a time at which “extensive new building development” was beginning to “change the appearance of some of the towns, notably Abu Zabi and Dubayy”. “The picturesque town of Muscat, is protected on its eastern and part of its southern side, ands the western side by precipitous hills, the remainder of the southern side, and the western side is protected by a wall. Outside the wall, and between it and the rugged hills encircling the town, every available space is occupied by may huts”; “The coast between Dubayy and Abu Zabi … is except for a small village, at which there are some date trees, situated about 4 miles south-westward of Dubayy, quite barren, uninhabited …”: “The town of Abu Zabi … extends for about 2 miles, and consists, in the main part, of concrete buildings with a number of huts at the south-west end”.

Octavo. Original blue cloth, title in yellow to spine and to the upper board. Folding general map frontispiece and 13 other full-page maps, 21 plates of coastal profiles. Spine very slightly sunned, light wear at the extremities, a very good copy indeed.

Bibliography: Macro 290 for the 1924 7th edition.

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