What I Know About Commercial Traveling. Who We Are, What We Do, and How We Do It
Toronto: Hunter, Rose & Co., 1883.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Small 8vo, 149 pp, in original green cloth stamped in black and gilt. Light wear to extremities, tear to final blank leaf torn. Inscribed by Belcher on the half-title page to Rev. Charles Cameron. Belcher (1844-1926) was a soldier, public servant, politician, and the first mayor of Southampton, Ontario. He was also one the founders of the Commercial Travellers' Association of Canada. In this uncommon and engaging book he describes life of a traveling salesman in an effort to educate the public about what they do, their good character and standards of conduct, how they interact with customers and employers, and how their lot in life might be improved. He includes entertaining tales of his fellow salesmen and customers encountered in his travels and also opines on the quality and important characteristics of hotels and railroads.