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The German Empire's Sailing Directions for the Gulf - the German Imperial Navy's copy

Reichs-Marine-Amt. Segelhandbuch für den Persischen Golf.

Berlin, E. S. Mittler & Sohn, 1907.

8vo. XIII, (1), 277, (3) pp., with 17 plates of illustrations (4 of which double-page-sized), 2 maps, and 5 colour illustrations in the text. Publisher's blue cloth with giltstamped title to spine and upper cover. Bound within the lower cover are 4 supplements published in 1911, 1912, 1913, and 1914 (6; 5; 4; 4 pp.).

First edition of this extremely rare German pilot guide of the Gulf, this copy removed from the Map Depot of the German Imperial Navy Dockyard. Based on information from the British Admiralty's Gulf Pilot of 1898/1905 as well as on reports by German merchant navy captains and by consular personnel, the guide covers the entire Gulf region from the western coast of Arabia to the Shatt al-Arab including the coast of Persia and Balochistan. Describes approaches to "Umm el-Kawen" ("an independent, flourishing city of some 800 inhabitants, well built and clean"), "El-Aiman" ("a fortress"), "Schardja" ("the principal city upon this coast, comprising 8000 to 10,000 inhabitants, mostly of the Djowasim tribe"), "Dabai" ("a large city of 5000 to 6000 inhabitants under their own Sheikh, members of the Abu Felasa, who form a branch of the Beni Jas"), "Abu Sabi" ("the most populous of the coastal settlements, and the most important city of the large Beni Jas tribe, a fine-looking breed of people whose Sheikh is friendly toward Britain"), with extensive discussion of anchorages, soundings, harbours, dangers to navigation, etc. The plate section includes a total of 94 three-dimensional coastal views (with some examples showing early views of the skyline of Dubai and the fortress of Abu Dhabi).

Title stamped "Kaiserliche Marine, Werft zu Wilhelmshaven, Kartendepot" and "Geographisches Institut der Universität Jena" with deaccession stamp (repeated on upper cover). Binding rubbed, spine sunned, old library labels. Interior perfectly preserved.

OCLC 37394578.