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Book Description

[IRAN] [PERSIA] 5 issues of A.P.O.C magazine: Vol.1 No 4 – April 1925, No 6. – October, pp.48, Vol II, No 1 - 3, 5, No 3 – May 1926. Single page loose in Vol II, No. 2. Offered alongside 4 issues of the NAFT magazine, Vol. II Number 5-6,Vol. IV Number 1, 3. Numerous photographic black and white illustrations from APOC employees, all in original pictorial wrappers, some scuffing and discolouration to the extremities, name of previous owner on verso in pencil, pages have occasional light spotting but crisp overall: In very good condition for fragile pamphlets, UK, pp.48, The Anglo-Persian Oil Company Ltd (pr. Spottiswoode, Ballantyne and Company Ltd or Walter Pearce & Co), 1925-1926.
Dealer Notes
A decorative collection of magazines focusing on the exploits and developments of APOC during the interwar period.

The articles cover an interesting range of topics relating to Persia, Iraq and the company’s sphere of worldwide influence. These vary from diaries of surveying trips, studies concerning the architecture or anthropology (‘A Tribal Wedding’ by SHIPO), through to updates concerning the various office sports teams.

The magazine’s aims were ‘...namely, the promotion of a better understanding and a more corporate feeling between the members of the staff at home and abroad of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company and its associated enterprises. The magazine has also proved a convenient medium for disseminating useful and interesting information about various activities of the company.’ (Vol.II No.1 p.31).

The magazines all follow a similar format: a main focus for developments or cultural observations within the Middle East, notable worldwide trips or exploits with links to APOC or BP Oil and a personal section dedicated to the employees. This included role changes or re-deployments, obituaries and sports Items.

An article of note is the visit to Khuzistan of H.H. the Sirdar Sipah. APOC had invited the prime minister of Persia to see the development of the oil field in the south of Persia, a difficult and inaccessible area of the country. The article provides an outline of the trip alongside 6 supporting black and white illustrated photographs, a fascinating account where ’...all who came in contact with the Sirdar Sipah were particularly impressed by his keen and intelligent interest in all that he saw and heard.’ (Apr 1925. p.8).

Rare Institutionally. LibraryHub only locates holdings of the APOC magazine and the NAFT APOC magazine at the British Library but neither are complete print runs.
Author Anglo Persian Oil Company
Date 1925-6
Binding Softback
Publisher APOC
Condition VG
Pages 48

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