First edition of the memoirs of one of the most recognized figures in American military history, Ulysses S. Grant. The two-volume set, published in 1885-1886, is illustrated with numerous steel engravings, facsimiles, and 43 maps.
After an ineffectual term as president, ruined by bankruptcy and dying of throat cancer, Grant set out to publish his memoirs to provide a measure of economic security for his family. Mark Twain agreed to serve as the publisher. Struggling to dictate his notes to a stenographer, Grant finished his memoirs shortly before his death in the summer of 1885. “No Union list of personal narratives could possibly begin without the story of the victorious general. A truly remarkable work” (New York Times). “Grant’s memoirs comprise one of the most valuable writings by a military commander in history” (Eicher 492).
The two-volume set is beautifully bound in green leather and cloth with matching cloth slipcase, which features a cover photograph of the famous Union General during the Wilderness Campaign. Published in New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885-1886.