Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant. New York: Charles L. Webster and Co., 1892. Second edition. Two volume set. Octavo, period green cloth bindings, with new joints, and a new archival slipcase.
This second edition, two-volume set of Ulysses S. Grant’s Personal Memoirs was published in 1892 by Charles L. Webster and Company, New York. Volume I features a facsimile signature and dedication from Grant on the page adjacent to the copyright page. The inscription reads, “These volumes are dedicated to the American soldier and sailor..., New York City, May 23rd 1885.” This printing features engraved black and white illustrations, fold-out facsimile letters written by Grant, and forty-three maps.
Grant’s Memoirs recount his childhood and personal history, his military career during the Mexican-American War, and his role in the American Civil War. Mark Twain is partially credited with encouraging Grant’s Memoirs, as he convinced Grant that the sale of books would be a significant source of income for his family after his death. Grant died in July of 1885 and Volume I was published, posthumously, later that same year. Grant’s Memoirs were originally sold door-to-door by former Union soldiers. The books became a common household staple. Grant’s family received 75% of the net royalties from the work and used the proceeds to re-establish their fortune.
Twain wrote in his personal autobiography of 1924: “I had been comparing the [Grant] memoirs with Caesar's Commentaries… I placed the two books side by side on the same level.” Similarly, the book was applauded by individuals such as Gertrude Stein and Matthew Arnold during its time. “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). For some time, Grant's work was overshadowed by his critics. However, today's scholars now recognize Grant as one of the most influential and progressive leaders the country has seen, especially given that he was elected during one of the most difficult times in American history.
This two-volume set is presented in period green cloth bindings. Front boards feature round gilt stamps, celebratory of both U.S. Grant and the Mississippi River. Gilt titles and four star shoulder strap details to spines. New joints added. Paper is healthy, with light age-appropriate wear and only minimal foxing throughout. The two-volume set is offered with a new, matching archival slipcase, which features a photograph of General Grant inlaid on the front and a gilt embossed facsimile signature.
Dimensions: Vol I: 9 1/4" H x 6 1/4" W x 1 3/4" D. Vol II: 9 1/4" H x 6 1/4" W x 1 7/8" D. Slipcase: 9 3/4" H x 6 1/2" W x 4 1/8" D.
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