First edition of the Memoirs of General William T. Sherman, in scarce blue cloth binding.
Octavo, [two volumes], 405pp, [2pp ads]; 409 pp, [6pp ads]. Blue cloth, title in gilt on spines and covers. Light sunning to spines, wear at hinge in volume I, cloth showing wear at the spine. Yellow endpapers. Fold-out map at rear of Volume II, in near fine condition. (Nevins II, 89) (Dornbusch II, 2429) A bright example of this important Civil War memoir.
Published in 1875, Sherman’s memoirs were well received, with Mark Twain noting that he was “a master of narrative.” General Sherman was mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 1884 but declined the nomination, noting that “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.” This would forever be known as a Shermanesque statement and has been used by politicians ever since to put down speculation of seeking higher office.