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Auction 174, Lot 170

"Oil Fields of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coastal Plain", U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Subject: Texas, Louisiana, Oil

Period: 1906 (published)


Color: Printed Color

5.7 x 9.3 inches
14.5 x 23.6 cm
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This 146 page report features four small folding maps of oil fields in the region, including Spindletop, with detailed location of wells and ownership shown in color. The report provided very early and detailed documentation of the first major oil discovery (1901) in the U.S. that “guided America into the golden age of oil. Before Spindletop, oil was used as a lubricant and for burning in oil lamps. The volume of Spindletop oil made it economically feasible to use petroleum in the mass consumption of fuel.” For an article on the importance of Spindletop, click here. Octavo, hardbound in recent black cloth.


Condition: A

Maps and text are clean, bright, and near fine. There is a library stamp on the fore-edge of the text block. Recent binding is excellent with slightly bumped edges.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 9/11/2019