Saint Petersburg: Imprimerie Trenké et Fusnot, 1900. Item #1868
32 pp.: tables, 39 plates: 1 portrait, 2 folding maps, 10 leaves of charts, 26 ills. 24x17 cm. In original printed covers with coats of arms of the Russian Empire. Very good, small and blank fragment of lower edge of pages lost, spine slightly worn, some foxing, small tear of the last map, Paris bookshop label on front cover.
Richly illustrated edition about early activity of one of the largest oil companies of the late 19th century, The Nobel Brothers Petroleum Company [or BraNobel]. The company revolutionized the oil industry, introducing numerous inventions and closely collaborating with Dmitrii Mendeleev. It was the first vertically integrated oil company in Russia with a full technological cycle from exploration to sales. It operated mainly in Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.
The edition shows a report of the company's activity and production statistics in 1882-1900. The text part is complemented with the folding map of the Absheron Peninsula (Azerbaijan) where the Bibiheybat oil well is located, also the folding map of depots and establishments of the Company. It shows the European part of the Russian Empire, with Siberian and Transcaspian sections included.
As a frontispiece, a photo portrait of Louis (Ludvig) Nobel is inserted. Apart from it, the edition contains 26 photographs printed on separate leaves, including general views on Bibiheybat field, oil derricks, constructions and equipment, interior and working process at factories, warehouses in Nobel workers’ settlements Tsaritsyn (now Volgograd city) and near Batumi, as well as a tank wagons for oil transportation.
Not found in the USA.