Softcover. Good. 6" x 10", oblong, in embossed cardstock wrappers tied with rawhide.  pp, illustrated with 23 original gelatin silver photographs tipped on to the rectos. Staining on front cover and first four leaves, most photographs with foxing around the edges, TWO PHOTOS LACKING. Good. The Mexican Petroleum Company was formed by American oil tycoon Edward L. Doheney (husband of renowned book collector Estelle Doheney) after he located heavy oil at Ebano, in the state of San Luis Potosi, in 1900. He quickly bought up 450,000 acres of land in the region, cleared swaths of jungle, and set up shops, warehouses, living quarters, and storage facilities. By May, 1901, drilling had begun, and the Mexican petroleum industry was born. This book was issued twelve years later as a gift to stockholders. It provides a narrative and visual tour of the facilites and oil fields at Ebano, followed by those of the Huasteca Petroleum Company -- Doheny's second Mexican venture, based in Tampico. There are interesting images of railroad construction, tank fields, warehouses, employee living quarters, a pump station and pumps, workers clearing land for a new well, and two company-owned ranches. The first part of the tour was made in late December, and three photos show some of the Christmas festivities at the Ebano camp.