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Qatar Petroleum Company – Guide to Qatar.

Published: Doha: Qatar Petroleum Company, [c.1958] & 1965

Stock code: 92674

Price: £2,250

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First edition, with a tipped-in slip giving updated oil production statistics through to 1964. Extremely uncommon; OCLC records just two copies of the first title (Library of Congress and Dallas Public Library). A fascinating guide book to Qatar produced just before the transition to independence began, presented here as a press pack in a spiral-backed blue textured card folder lettered in gilt “With the compliments of Q.P.C”, together with a copy of another introduction to the emirate: “Qatar: A Special Issue prepared for The Fifth Arab Petroleum Congress & The Seconed [sic] Arab Petroleum Exhibition Cairo–March 16th 1965” (landscape octavo, colour printed wraps, portrait frontispiece, and 9 pages of illustrations from photographs, 2 full-page sketch maps, tables and graphs to the text, no copy traced institutionally). Also included in the pack are maps of the Qatar and its capital: a folding 1:10,000 scale plan of Doha (397 480 mm), produced by Survey Section, Exploration Division, QPC in June 1960 (2 copies on OCLC); and a folding QPC 1:500,000 geological map of the Qatar peninsula (475 273 mm) “traced from Q/00.0336 Qatar map 1:250,000 compiled by R. V. Browne”. Material relating to the mid-20th century development of the oil-industry in the Arabian Peninsula is markedly uncommon.

Landscape octavo (202 260 mm). Wire-stitched in colour pictorial card wraps. Stylishly designed, richly illustrated from photographs, and with line-drawings, colour-printed throughout. Very good.

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