Lot 27

1885 1st Ed. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant

Estimate: $500 - $1,000

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This is a first edition 1885 set of “Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant” Volume I & Volume II. The piece was published in 1885-1886 by Charles L. Webster & Company New York. The piece shows green clothe covers with choice, bold gold stamped lettering and seal. The book is a fascinating read with a rare fold-out of the terms of surrender given to Robert E. Lee. Volume I shows an excellent etching of Grant as a young soldier with Volume II having a portrait of the more known image of President U.S. Grant. These memoirs were written from the fall of 1884 and completed four days before his death July 23, 1885. The set was published by Grant’s friend, Samuel Clemmons (Mark Twain) under the alias of his nephew, Charles L. Webster. This is a wonderful excellent quality set and a must own for any Civil War enthusiast. Volume I, after the title page, has what appears to be a hand written note by Grant, possibly etching or print. Volume I cover shows some slight wear, spine is loose; Volume II cover has slight scuffing. Intact pages exhibit age tanning and foxing though much less than would be expected of books of this age, overall a very rare and desirable well preserved set. Measurements 6.5"W x 9.5"L x 1.75"D