19 December 2002
[GETTY, George Franklin]. In Memoriam George Franklin Getty. 1855-1930. Los Angeles: Privately Printed [by Ward Ritchie], May 1934.
8o. Original green cloth, gilt-lettered on front cover; board slipcase. Provenance: Sarah Catherine Getty (printed presentation slip).
LIMITED EDITION, ONE OF 6 COPIES ONLY PRINTED FOR PRIVATE FAMILY DISTRIBUTION. This copy with printed presentation slip: "For our grandmother SARAH CATHERINE GETTY. We sincerely hope that this small volume will help to preserve for his progeny pride in a great man. PAUL & GORDON. May 31, 1934."
George Franklin Getty was a Minnesota lawyer who moved his wife Sarah Risher Getty and his son to the Oklahoma territory in 1904 and began a successful career as an independant oilman. Two years later, the family moved to Los Angeles, where J. Paul Getty attended the Polytechnic High School. During summers off from college, he worked on his father's oil rigs as a "roustabout." By 1914, the younger Getty arrived in Tulsa, Oklahoma determined to succeed as an oil producer, a goal which he more than fulfilled. Ward Ritchie, The Ward Ritchie Press and Anderson, Ritchie & Simon, [Los Angeles], 1961, p.71 [noting 6 copies printed]. VERY SCARCE
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