A Ramble Round The Globe - Thomas R. Dewar 1894 - Chatto and Windus, London - First Edition A bright copy of the first edition.

By 1890, Dewar’s, the Scottish whisky blender, had access to enough funds to send Tommy, the first Baron Dewar, on a world tour between 1891 and 1893, for both his health and to promote the Dewar’s brand internationally.

He visited twenty-six countries, appointed thirty-two agents, and arranged for opening consignments to each country he had visited. The tour cost £14,000, a hefty increase in costs when current profits were less than £7000 a year, but it established Dewar’s on a world-wide basis and created one of the world’s largest whisky brands.

Thomas, bon vivant and the more extrovert and sales oriented of the two Dewar brothers, describes in personal detail his own impressions of the peoples and places visited, and his observations combined with 220 illustrations throughout the book, make this a wonderful travelogue.
  The charming illustrations are by W.L.Wylie, A.R.A., Sidney Cowell, A.S.Forrest, James Greig, Seymour Nation, Stanley L.Wood, Archie Macgregor, and the author.

Provenance: With a contemporary inscription ‘With Compliments Liverpool 9/9/10’ to the verso of the front free endpaper.

References: ODNB.

Octavo (book size 19.7 x 14 cm) pp. xv [1] 316 [4 (Chatto & Windus’ list of Cheap Popular Novels)] 32 (Publisher's catalogue dated Sept. 1894). In publisher’s blue cloth, spine and front board illustrated with train and boat in black, green, brown, gilt, and white, spine lettered in gilt, olive-brown floral patterned endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine, some darkening to blue cloth, light spotting along top edge, faint foxing to some pages.   Ref: 110594   Price: HK$ 4,000