1949 · Caldwell
by Latta, F.F.
Caldwell: The Caxton Printers, 1949. First Edition. 344pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Black cloth with the title gilt stamped on the front board and backstrip. A few small nicks at the corners of the jacket and a contemporary bookplate on the front pastedown, otherwise near fine/near fine. History of the early oil industry of California. "From word of mouth many California pioneers - men and women who searched for oil in the San Joaquin Valley, F.F. Latta has recorded the story of the early oil developments of this region. Here is a varied account of both success and failure for Latta has interviewed hundreds or early-day settlers to obtain the material for his book. The problems of discovery and development, revealing a way of life that demanded hardihood and courage, are presented from the point of view of many types of characters and personalities. The result is an honest and natural picture of an era that is replete with adventure and enterprise." - from the jacket. (Inventory #: 4028)