ISBN: (13) 978-1-85207-050-2 Extent: 8 volumes, 3,250 pages
Editor: [Collection Advisor: Penelope Tuson, Curator, Middle East Archives, The British Library: India Office Library and Records] Published: 1987
Paper: Printed on acid free paper
Binding: Library bindings with gilt finish
The annual Administration Reports were compiled from 1873 onwards by the British Political Resident at Bushire and by the Agent at Muscat. At first they included statistics of trade carried on at ports on both the Arabian and Persian shores of the Gulf. In the early 1900s, after the opening of Political Agencies at Kuwait and Bahrain as well as a number of new Consulates in southern Persia, the Government of India decided to re-design the increasingly unwieldy Administration Reports and print the trade statistics in a revised form. From 1905 the Administration Reports included only brief summaries of trade. The detailed figures for each area were compiled and issued separately as the Persian Gulf Trade Reports.
ARRANGEMENT OF VOLUMES
This first published edition brings all available material together in a standard library format of 248mm x 160mm .The series of annual reports is consolidated in 8 volumes as follows:
Volumes I & II: Muscat
Volumes III& IV: Bahrain
Volumes V & VI: Kuwait
Volumes VII & VIII: Bushire
The annual reports for Bushire end at 1924. Four further economic reports about the Persian Gulf as a whole were issued from Bushire for the years 1924, 1929, 1935 and 1937 and are found in the Bushire volume.
Missing years and supplementary years:
Certain reports are missing from the series. The same gaps are found in the files at the Public Record Office, suggesting that there were origination or distribution difficulties for the years in question. The following are the missing reports: Muscat: 1917-18, 1920-21; Kuwait: 1933-34.
The following missing reports from the 1940s have been located and are included in this edition: Muscat: 1942-43, 1943-44; Bahrain: 1942-43, 1943-44; Kuwait: 1943-44.