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When it was published in 1939, oil historian James A. Clark called this book, "the most valuable collection of historical, biographical, and statistical data on Texas oil ever assembled."  That is still true today.

Although it has not been available for nearly seventy years, it is still hailed by many in the oil fraternity as the definitive work on Texas oil. In fact, John H. Jenkins included it in his seminal bibliography, Basic Texas Books, marking it as one of the 224 landmark books essential to any Texas history collection.

Texas Oil & Gas Since 1543 was the creation of Mr. C. A. Warner. Charlie Warner was the oilman's oilman. He was a landman, registered land surveyor, petroleum engineer, petroleum geologist, vice-president of the Houston Oil Company and director of the Houston Pipe Line Company. Somehow, he managed to find time to research and compose a geological, technological, economic and social history the oil industry in Texas. And he didn't confine his research to the library.


Charlie talked to the old-timers who made the history, many of whom were in their eighties in the 1930s. He drove across Texas, finding and snapping photos of the earliest wells, examined old documents kept in shoe boxes by widows and heirs. Charlie was the man who collected this information before it was lost forever.

Open any book on Texas oil and turn to the bibliography. There you will find listed Charles A. Warner and Texas Oil & Gas Since 1543. Historians constantly return to it because it is accurate and complete. It is a treasure for those interested in Texas history and the oil industry.

The story begins in 1543 when survivors of the Desoto Expedition found pitch for their boats near Sabine Pass. It covers early discoveries of natural seepages and how they where used from the 1790s to the 1850s, primitive attempts at drilling after the Civil War, the first major discovery at Corsicana in 1894, Spindletop in 1901, and all major and minor discoveries through the late 1930s. Within you will find the names of the drillers, the operators and the leases they took. If you want to know who drilled the first well, built the first pipeline, the first refinery, or any other 'firsts' of significance, this book provides the answer.

In addition to all of his professional duties, Charlie Warner penned numerous articles throughout his career that were featured in industry and historical publications including Mining & Metallurgy, The Oil & Gas Journal, The Oil Weekly and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. He traveled Texas giving presentations on Texas oil, as well.
Our limited & trade editions include previously unpublished material, including Mr. Warner's presentation "Texas Oil Since Pearl Harbor".

We are honored to have the opportunity to put this book in the hands of today's oilmen. And it's about time...it's been out of print for over 65 years.

512 page hardcover volume, bound in gray cloth and covered with a striking black jacket. The jacket features a remarkable 1920 photograph from our corporate collection showing Ranger field's Vestil #1 coming in. The back panel features original 1930s reviews of the book by the likes of Michel Halbouty and James Clark. Inside, you'll find a foreword by Ernest O. Thompson, as well as a new introduction by Dr. Donald D. Mitchell, who knew Mr. Warner personally.





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