25th anniversary publication

[Branobel - Petroleum Production Company Nobel Brothers]. Dvadcatipâtiletie Tovarisestva neftânogo proizvodstva Br. Nobel.

St Petersburg, R. Golike & A. Vilborg, 1904.

Folio (235 x 320 mm). (4), 169, (17) pp. With 15 plates. Contemporary cloth with title lable removed from original cloth binding to the uper cover. All edges red.


Rare, luxurious 25th anniversary publication for Branobel, one of the largest oil companies of the late 19th century, founded by the brothers Ludvig (1831-88) and Robert Nobel (1829-96) in Baku in 1876. The plates include large portraits of the brothers Ludvig and Robert, their father Immanuel Nobel (1801-72), the co-founder Baron Peter von Bilderling (1844-1900), and Ludvig's son Emanuel Nobel (1859-1932) who led the company at the time of the publication. Emanuel's famous uncle Alfred Nobel was the largest individual investor in the company. About 12% of the money he left for the establishment of the Nobel Prize came from his Branobel shares.

Together with the engineer Vladimir Shukov, Branobel in 1878 pioneered the construction of the first oil pipeline in the Russian Empire, near Baku, one of the first in the world. The final unnumbered 17 pp. of the publication contain tables, charts, as well as a map of the west coast of the Caspian Sea, indicating oil wells.

Slightly duststained. Lower right corner of the final leaf clipped.

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