New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1902. First Edition. Memoir by the renowned 19th-c. American entrepreneur, also one of the great eccentrics of his age. The book was written after a thirty-year remove from public life; "...For many years I have been a silent recluse, remote from the world in my little corner in the Mills Hotel...that I break this silence now, after so many years, is due to the suggestion of a friend who has told me that the world of to-day, as well as the world of tomorrow, will be interested in reading my story" (from the author's Preface).
Quoting a contemporary review of this work: "...Train was at one time one of the best known Americans on the face of the globe. He organized the clipper ship line that sailed around Cape Horn to San Francisco; he organized the Credit Mobilier and the Union Pacific Railroad; he was one of the organizers of the French Commune; he built the first street-railway in England; he has been the business partner of queens, emperors, and grand dukes, and the familiar friend of some of the greatest people in the world" (Publisher's Weekly, 1902). Train also twice set world records for circumnavigating the globe (in 1890 and again in 1892); once put himself forward for the position of "Dictator of the United States;" and was the principal financial backer of Susan B. Anthony's suffrage newspaper The Revolution. His life story was indeed, as the Publisher's Weekly review concluded, "one long romance." First printing. 12mo (19cm). Publisher's decoratively embossed plum cloth, titled in gilt on spine and front cover; xxii,348pp; frontispiece portrait and seven inserted leaves of photographic plates (halftones). Mild bump to upper fore-corner of front board, else a tight, clean, and Fine copy, very well preserved.