THE ROMANCE OF COMMERCE.
New York & London: John Lane/ The Bodley Head, 1918. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A classic work on business, in which the first paragraph sets the tone: "To write on Commerce or Trade and do the subject justice would require more volumes than any library could hold, and involve more detail than any mind could grasp. It would be a history in extensor of the world's people from the beginning of time. For we are all merchants, and all races of men have been merchants in some form or another. The desire to trade seems to be inherent in man, as natural to him as the instinct of self-preservation." Profusely illustrated with numerous plates, including a fold-out view of Venice and an enormous folded "Organization Chart of a 20th C Department Store." An association copy INSCRIBED by Harry Selfridge in pencil to C. C. Kohlsaat and dated February 12, 1918. [Federal Judge Christian Cecil Kohlstaat - Selfridge and Kohlstaat's brother, the newspaper publisher Herman Kohlstaat were neighbors on Chicago's North Lake Shore Drive] Selfridge made his fortune at Chicago's Marshall Field (where he had started as a stockboy), but moved to London where he founded the Selfridge Department Store, and became one of the most respected businessmen in the United Kingdom. His career was the subject of the BBC series "Mr Selfridge" with Jeremy Piven in the title role. pp. xviii, (2), (1)-422,plus 4 pp advertisements.