Collection of treaties between Great Britain and sheikhs of the Gulf, including Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

Aitchison, C[harles] U[mpherston] (ed.). A Collection of Treaties, Engagements and Sanads Relating to India and Neighbouring Countries. Vol. XI, containing the treaties, &c., relating to Aden and the South Western Coast of Arabia, the Arab Principalities in the Persian Gulf, Muscat (Oman), Baluchistan and the North-West Frontier Province, revised and continued up to the end of 1930 under the authority of the Government of India.

Delhi, Manager of Publications, 1933.

Large 8vo (185 x 264 mm). (2), XXXI, (1), 633, (3), LXXXVI pp. Brown quarter calf over buckram with gilt title stamped to spine.


A rare publication from Aitchison's "Collection of Treaties, Engagements, and Sanads" relating to the historical Gulf States, this being Volume XI of the fifth edition, which covers Aden, Muscat, the Gulf coast of the Nejd, Bahrain, Kuwait, and the "Trucial Shaikhs of Oman", including the agreements and treaties of 1806, 1820 (illustrating the red and white flag), etc., to 1922.

Included in vol. XI are several agreements involving Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan (1835-1909), grandfather and namesake of the founder of the United Arab Emirates, who presents an "Agreement executed by the Shaikh of Abu Dhabi engaging not to commit any breach of the maritime peace" from 1868, an "Agreement entered into by the Shaikh of Abu Dhabi for the suppression of the slave trade" from 1873, and an "Agreement executed by the Shaikh of Abu Dhabi promising not to enter into any agreement with any foreign power, not to admit the agent of any foreign government and not to cede, sell or mortgage any part of his territory" from 1892. Furthermore, an "Undertaking given by the Shaikh of Dibai in regard to the exploitation of oil [and] Similar undertakings given by the Shaikhs of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, and Umm-al-Qaiwain" was negotiated in August of 1922 and involved the sheikh of Abu Dhabi Hamdan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan (d. 1922) just three months before his death in a palace coup. The combination of these treaties presents a lively image of the rise of the various Gulf States throughout the 19th century.

Light wear, traces of clear adhesive tape repairs to several pages.


CBEL III, p. 1078. Cf. Macro 18.