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Texas]. [Oil]
Geological Map of Texas
Standard Blue Print Map & Eng. Co, Fort Worth, 1920. Folding map, 18 x 18.25 inches, plus small broadside form, completed in manuscript. Contemporary annotation in color pencil. Very light wear along folds. A rare, detailed Texas oil map, produced by a Fort Worth firm just after World War I. The map shows the distribution of oil wells and derricks across the state in 1920, prints the names of the most prominent oil fields, and also shows the types of soil and rock encountered throughout Texas counties, with a legend of abbreviations for each at bottom right. The whole is somewhat crowded in places, but still quite attractive and legible, and is a good encapsulation of the rapidly developing oil industry in Texas at this time. Contemporary advertisements for the publisher of this map, Standard Blue Print Map and Engineering, promote the availability of over 200 oil maps of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas from the firm. The present copy is accompanied by a certificate, completed in manuscript, from the Gillespie County Development Company that assigns a half-acre interest in its oil and gas lease to a Gus Kassebaum of Plymouth, Wisconsin, "in consideration for the services and other valuable consideration rendered." On the map, Gillespie County is outlined in manuscript, and a dot and large arrow mark the location of this oil development near the county seat of Fredericksburg. Rare, we locate copies only of a variant issue of the map, at Denver Public Library, the Colorado School of Mines, and SMU.
Bookseller: McBride Rare Books LLC [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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