"One must traverse the ball round and round to arrive at a broad, liberal, correct estimate of humanity-its work, its aims, its destiny": First Edition of Andrew Carnegie's Round the World; Inscribed by Him

  • Round The World.

Round The World.

Item Number: 35016

New York: Private Circulation , 1880.

Privately printed edition, preceding the trade edition by four years of Andrew Carnegie’s first book. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Inscribed by Andrew Carnegie on the title page, “With the sincere regards of his former subordinate and always friend, the author.” In very good condition with light rubbing. Rare and desirable signed by Carnegie.



In October 1878, Andrew Carnegie and his friend John Vandervort set off on a mad cross-continental dash by train from New York to San Francisco to catch a ship sailing to Japan; by the time they ended their voyages around the globe with an uneventful sail home from London in May 1879, Carnegie-as both a businessman and a social benefactor--had been profoundly influenced by the cultures he'd explored and peoples he'd met. Originally intended for private circulation and later published in 1884, this is an intimate and provocative work of tremendous historical and cultural value.