First edition, sole impression. Bates was commissioned to write this commemorative brochure for the official opening of the Esso Refinery at Fawley in September 1951. A typical Batesian enterprise not dissimilar to his work for the Medway Paper company. Somehow he manages gently to reassure the world that massive oil refineries are absolutely in keeping with the bucolic idyll of the home counties. Together with the programme for the opening ceremony. Rare.
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Quarto. Original red wrappers printed in yellow. Housed in a burgundy cloth solander box. Illustrated by Roy Coombs. Wrappers a little darkened at the edges but an excellent copy.