Item #1565 The History of Standard Oil Company. Ida Tarbell, inerva.
The History of Standard Oil Company
The History of Standard Oil Company
The History of Standard Oil Company
The History of Standard Oil Company
Pioneer Muckraker Ida Tarbell Challenges Rockefeller and Standard Oil

The History of Standard Oil Company

New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1904. First edition. Black and white portraits, pictures, and diagrams. Publisher's original cloth. Octavos. xix, 406 and xiii, 409 pages. Bound in red cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spines, upper boards stamped in blind, and top edges gilt. Both volumes very good to near fine condition, showing slight fading to spines, shallow bumps to spine ends, minor extremity rubs, and a few faint spots to boards. Hinges sound. Small bookseller label at lower inner corner of each front free endpaper. Circular sticker on each front pastedown.

Tarbell was a pioneer in the field of investigative journalism, and this her famous and meticulous exposé of the aggressive anti-competitive tactics employed by Standard Oil under John D. Rockefeller. This work was originally serialized in McClure's Magazine and is considered seminal example of muckraking journalism. It contributed to the government-ordered break up of Standard Oil in 1911.

This set was owned by T. Jefferson Coolidge, with his ownership signature penned neatly on both front pastedowns. Coolidge (1831-1920) was a prominent Boston businessman and distinguished ambassador to France. Interestingly, his great-grandfather was Thomas Jefferson, who had held the same post.

Ref. HOWES T33.


Item #1565

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