Personal Memoirs.New York, Charles L. Webster & Co., 1885-6 Stock Code: 138827
NotesFirst edition. Written by Grant as he was dying of cancer, the work served as a death bed justification for the war against the Confederacy and for Grant's own conduct. The autobiography was published by Mark Twain, who marketed the book by using military veterans in uniform to raise subscriptions. It sold over 300,000 sets and has remained in print since its first appearance. The set was issued in five different bindings at varying costs; this is the deluxe half morocco.
2 volumes, octavo. Publisher's deluxe brown half morocco, titles and decoration to spine in gilt in compartments, purple cloth sides with gilt ruling, gilt medallic roundels to boards, edges and endpapers marbled.
Tissue-guarded engraved portrait frontispiece, etched plate and folding facsimile in each volume, facsimile dedication leaf in Volume I, and 43 full-page plans overall, including a folding map at the rear of Volume II.
Red armorial bookplate of W. S. Morrison to front pastedown of vol. 2. Extremities slightly rubbed and scuffed, the spines notably unfaded, occasional offsetting, else internally bright. A superb set.
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