First Edition. C . V. Jolin dustjacket art. Business themed novel of the travel industry's pioneer, Thomas Cook. "The Cook dynasty started with Thomas Cook, teetotaler, Temperance worker, and idealist, who ran the first excursion train nearly a century ago and conducted the first world cruise. Christopher Drake, the hero of this story, who as a boy ran away with John Cook to join the gypsies and later became a Cook's agent". Near Fine but for foxing to endpapers and page fore-edge, in Very Good dustjacket, red of spine modestly faded, shallow chipping along top edge.