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COOK, Andrew S.

Survey of the Shores and Islands of the Persian Gulf 1820-1829.

Prepared for publication and with an introduction by Andrew S. Cook.

[London], Archive Editions, 1990 Stock Code: 92989
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First edition of this important assemblage of texts and charts, reproduced from original material in the India Office Library and Records, London and in the Department of Manuscripts, the British Library. "This is a publication of sea charts, harbour plans, coastal views and topographical descriptions produced during the survey of the shores and islands of the Persian Gulf carried out between 1820 and 1829 by officers of the Bombay Marine on the orders of the Bombay Government. Despite the long time that Europeans had sailed in the Gulf, the 1820s survey was the first systematic examination of its coastal topography" (Introduction). Cook here reproduces seven articles, drawn from manuscripts and printed sources held in British institutions. The articles are:
a) BRUCKS, G. B. "Draft Chapters for an unpublished Account of the Survey of the Persian Gulf", c.1835 (British Library: Add MS 14382);
b) MAUGHAN, Philip. "Plan for conducting the Survey of the South Coast of the Persian Gulf", 16 August 1821 (IOR: F/4/676, collection 18677);
c) HOUGHTON, M. "Account of Part of the Southern Coast or Arabian Side of the Persian Gulf between Ras Musandam and Dubai", 1822 (IOR: X/10309). Facsimile of the original manuscript followed by a transcript.
d) BRUCKS, G. B. "Memoir descriptive of the Navigation of the Gulf of Persia", c.1830; from Selections from the Records of the Bombay Government, NS, vol. XXIV, Bombay 1856, pp. 531-634;
e) "Sailing Directions for the Gulf", 1836; from James Horsburgh, India Directory, or Directions for Sailing to and from East Indies (London 1836), Vol. 1, pp. 305-77;
f) WHITELOCK, H. H. "Descriptive Sketch of the Islands and Coast situated at the Entrance of the Persian Gulf"; from Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, Vol. 8, 1838, pp. 170-188;
g) WHITELOCK, H. H. "An Account of the Arabs who inhabit the Coast between Ras-el Kheimah and Abothubee Abu Dhabi in the Gulf of Persia, generally called the Pirate Coast"; from Transactions of the Bombay Geographical Society, vol. 1, 1836-8, pp. 32-54.

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5 volumes, octavo, comprising one volume of text and 55 folding charts, maps and tables in four book-form boxes. Publisher's boards, spines ruled and lettered gilt.


Folding map in volume I, with 55 folding maps and charts.


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