Skip to content

Biblio logo: Used, Rare and Collectible Books for Sale

Oil! by  Upton Sinclair - Signed First Edition - 1927 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 140942240)


Click for full-size.


by Sinclair, Upton

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Signed
  • First
Near Fine
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 4 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Portland, Oregon
Item Price
FREE Shipping to USA Standard delivery: 7 to 14 days
More Shipping Options
Ask Seller a Question

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal

About This Item

Long Beach, CA: Published by the Author, 1927. First Edition. Near Fine. First edition, self-published by the author; cloth issue. Signed by Upton Sinclair and inscribed to a former owner on the front free endpaper. Bound in original red cloth stamped in black, with upper board ruled in blind. Near Fine with light rubbing to cloth at extremities, moderate fading to spine and light soiling. Jagged exposure to inner hinges appear glue repaired and solid. Pages toned, several corners creased and a gentle vertical bend to early leaves. Scarce signed.


There Will Be Blood wins a 2008 Golden Globes Award. Read about it here. There Will Be Blood wins two 2008 Academy Awards. Read about it here. Penguin Books is proud to now be the sole publisher of Oil! , the classic 1927 novel by Upton Sinclair. After writing The Jungle , his scathing indictment of the meatpacking industry, Sinclair turned his sights on the early days of the California oil industry in a highly entertaining story featuring a cavalcade of characters including senators, oil magnets, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist. This lively and panoramic book, which was recently cited by David Denby in the New Yorker as being Sinclair’s “most readable” novel, is now the inspiration for the Paramount Vantage major motion picture, There Will Be Blood . It is the long-awaited film from Paul Thomas Anderson, one of the most admired filmmakers working today whose previous movies, Boogie Nights and Magnolia were both multiple Academy Award nominees. The movie stars Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis ( Gangs of New York , My Left Foot ) and Paul Dano ( Little Miss Sunshine ). Paramount Vantage will be releasing the film in New York and Los Angeles on December 26, 2007 and go nationwide in January. This is the same company responsible for Babel and A Mighty Heart and the current releases, Into the Wild, Margot at the Wedding , and The Kite Runner . As wars rage on in the oil region and as anxiety over natural resources rise, the subject of this book, which celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2007, is more timely than ever.


On Aug 28 2014, a reader said:
If, like many, all you've read by Sinclair's is his rather bleak and somber novel, "The Jungle," you'll find that "Oil!" is an intriguing change of pace. It's set in southern California, and its main characters are the new oil barons of the West and the workers in the oil fields, among others. As usual, Sinclair uses the narrative to push his political views, but it's still well-written and very entertaining story.

Review this book and you’ll be entered for a chance to win !

(Log in or Create an Account first!)

You’re rating the book as a work, not the seller or the specific copy you purchased!


Burnside Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
Sinclair, Upton
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
Quantity available
First Edition
Published by the Author
Place of Publication
Long Beach, CA
Date Published
Bookseller catalogs

Terms of Sale

Burnside Rare Books, ABAA

30 day return guarantee, with full refund including shipping costs for up to 30 days after delivery if an item arrives misdescribed or damaged.

About the Seller

Burnside Rare Books, ABAA

Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 4 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers. member since 2010
Portland, Oregon
Ask Seller a Question

About Burnside Rare Books, ABAA

Burnside Rare Books specializes in American and British literature, and rare nonfiction. We are located in downtown Portland, Oregon and open by appointment.


Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

Very generally, "leaves" refers to the pages of a book, as in the common phrase, "loose-leaf pages." A leaf is a single sheet... [More]
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf.... [More]
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the... [More]
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in... [More]
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched... [More]
When a book is described as being inscribed, it indicates that a short note written by the author or a previous owner has been... [More]

This Book’s Categories