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Edwin Hall PASCOE (1878 - 1949).
IRAQ / PETROLEUM-OIL HISTORY / CALCUTTA IMPRINT: Geological Notes on Mesopotamia with Special Reference to Occurrences of Petroleum, Memoirs of the Geological Survey of India, Volume XLVIII.
Calcutta: Geological Survey of India, 1922. A highly important work on early petroleum history, being the official account of the first scientific geological reconnaissance of Northern Iraq, featuring 10 large, colourful maps that are the first detailed, accurate geological maps of the same region, a work that served as the blueprint for the Turkish Petroleum Company to discover the world’s largest oil field near Kirkuk in 1927; authored by Edwin Pascoe, the Director of the Geological Survey of India, who personally explored Northern Iraq in the immediate wake of World War I, and published in Calcutta - very rare on the market. 4° (25 x 17.5 cm): [9 pp., advertisements], [1], vii, 1 folded key map, 90 pp., [9 pp., advertisements], plus 10 large folding coloured maps, inserted loose-leaf in pocket (see below for details); original printed card covers, contemporary manuscript ownership inscription of ‘R.J.C. Bleeck’ to front cover and front free endpaper (Very Good, text clean; maps crisp with bright colours, just a few tiny stains on a few maps fclips; covers worn and chipped at edges). In the period around World War I, discovering and exploiting oil reserves in the Middle East was a top priority for the British Empire. Petroleum was needed to power Britain’s industrialized economy and to convert the Royal Navy’s fleets from coal to a lighter, more efficient fuel source. As the Persian Gulf region fell under the auspices of the British Indian government, many of the oil development activities were run out of Calcutta. The Anglo-Australian entrepreneur William Knox D’Arcy, ba … [Click Below for Full Description]
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