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Auction 195, Lot 218

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

Subject: Texas & Louisiana, Oil

Period: 1906 (published)


Color: Printed Color

6 x 9.3 inches
15.2 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 maroon cloth.


Condition: A

Maps and text are clean, bright, and near fine with a hint of pleasant toning. There is a Library of Congress deaccession stamp on the front free endpaper. Covers have only minor wear.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 11/15/2023