[SOLD] Abraham Gesner – A Practical Treatise on Coal, Petroleum and Other Refined Oils – 1861 First Edition

A very rare first edition by the Canadian chemist and geologist described as the “father of the petroleum industry.”

Gesner discovered how to refine kerosene (which he also named), the fuel which now powers aircraft around the world.

Printed in 1861 on gilt-lettered cloth by N.Y. Balliere Brothers in New York. In very good condition. Small tear to bottom of spine. Some minor pencil marks and previous owner’s name inside.

Includes leaflet advertising other Balliere Brothers titles from 1864.

A wonderful collector’s item for anyone in the oil industry.