Fair in ACCEPTABLE jacket. 1960. 679 pages. Black cloth hardcover, with unclipped dustjacket. Lightly tanned pages and firm binding with light tanning and foxing on fore-edge. Boards are good, clean, with light bumping and surface wear on corners and spine ends. Dj is acceptable, moderate creasing, tearing and losses from corners and spine ends, with slight tanning on rear.
Good. Ships from the UK. dust cover torn otherwise good condition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.
Maurice Samuel was the son of a fairly prosperous importer and exporter, one of whose product lines was sea shells from the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). When Samuel went into the oil business he named his company Shell Oil. Later it was merged with the Royal Dutch Company to become Royal Dutch Shell, a Dutch-British company that exists and prospers to this day. Samuel was a Jew and it is remarkable that he was able to overcome the considerable antisemitism of English culture at the time.
The book a very thick book, providing more detail than I wanted about some things and less than I wanted about others. The reason is that some of Maurice Samuel's papers were destroyed after his death and some weren't. Fortunately, the book is very well written by a novelist and historian whose wife is a granddaughter of Maurice Samuel.
I found the book fascinating and recommend it to anyone who is interested in the beginning of the oil business during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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