Publication: Jas B Rodgers Co, 1873, Philadelphia
First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth, upper cover stamped in gilt, 28 mounted woodburytype photographs (including frontispiece view and 27 portraits) and 5 plates. "Valuable, well-written early history based upon on-the-spot investigation while all early participants were still living and could be interviewed. In addition to the authoritative history of Drake Well, Henry gives detailed histories of many early producing properties, companies and individual oilmen. Author was a Titusville newspaperman" (Swanson). The woodburytype photographs are by A.P.R.P. Co., and comprise portraits of the principal oilmen and a frontispiece view of The Phillips and Woodford Wells on Tarr Farm, after an image by Mather. "First comprehensive history of the infancy of this industry" (Howes). Provenance: W.W. Henry (presentation inscription to:); C. Z. Lincoln; Leroy A. Lincoln (bookplate) Bookplate of Leroy A. Lincoln on front pastedown sheet, signatures rebound with original spine laid down, else near fine, bright, tight copy housed in a cloth slipcase with leather spine label and titles stamped in gilt.
Inventory Number: 46798