Small folio (220 x 284 mm). (8), 343, (1) pp. With numerous black-and-white photographic illustrations, plans and charts. Contemporary full cloth with stamped title to cover and spine.
Extensive handbook for employees of Aramco in the Middle East. The personal copy of Aramco official Robert King Hall, a director of training, with his handwritten ownership, dated Dhahran, June 1967, to title-page.
The work briefs American personnel for their service in an unfamiliar land, discussing the history of the Middle East as well as the development of the oil industry and the key role of Aramco. It includes observations on the Saudi government, the main cities and towns, and the climate, as well as "the culture and customs of the Arabs". The illustrations celebrate the advances of the modern oil industry and the achievements of Aramco, showing oil compounds and refineries as well as the harmonious collaboration of Americans and Saudis. Further images depict the rich Arabian culture in rugs and historical manuscripts, as well as desert landscapes and Middle Eastern wildlife, including falcons and horses.
Inner hinges broken, otherwise very well preserved.