Trade with Oman and Bahrain

Maclean, H. W. Trade with the Muscat Region. Report on the Condition and Prospects of British Trade in Oman, Bahrein, and Arab Ports in the Persian Gulf.

London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1904.

Folio (314 x 210 mm). 10 pp. Disbound. Top edge gilt.

 4,500.00

First edition of this rare and highly interesting commercial report. Maclean, Special Commissioner of the Commercial Intelligence Committee of the British Board of Trade, travelled to Muscat in February 1904 and made detailed notes on the trade of Oman (imports, exports, coinage, weights, freight and course of trade). He then visited Bahrain and gathered information on its increasing trade before returning to Karachi via Bushire and Kuwait. The notes on Bahrain provide a valuable insight into its economy, which - less than thirty years before the discovery of oil - still relied strongly on pearl fishing ("the annual value of pearls exported is estimated at £350,000 to £400,000").

A few creases along folds, otherwise in excellent condition. No copies in Copac/Jisc; WorldCat locates a single copy at Gotha.

Cd. 2281. OCLC 553574318.

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