Serendipity Books Catalogue 47: Derrick Fiction (and petrol poems) [or] The Romance of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industries- The Trudi Watson Collection
Place Published: Berkeley
Publisher: Serendipity Books
Date Published: 1989
Edition: Original edition
Book Id: 41802
112pp. Octavo [21.5 cm] White, black, and pink printed wraps. Very good. There a numerous notations in pencil on the front cover, and there are very sporadic markings in the text.
From the Introduction- "Oil has fueled many a machine and lubricated every industry. Clearly it has lubricated a few imaginations as well, and Mrs. Watson has gone to some effort over a considerable period of time- a decade- to track down the literature of the oil business from its 19th century roughneck beginnings through today's international conglomerates... It's all here: from the juvenile and innocent introductions to oil for children to certain kinky sex antics of roustabouts on off-shore rigs and the sands of Arabia; from the transport of nitro to Guatemalan oil fields to the introduction of lamps in China; from the 'Derrick Polka' to Oil Whore."