First edition of the Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant.
Octavo, [two volumes], 584pp [Vol. I]; 647pp [Vol. II]. Publisher’s green cloth, title in gilt on spines, decorative gilt emblem on front covers. Light rubbing to cloth at top edge of spines, faint shelf wear. Floral endpapers. Frontispiece portraits with tissue covers. A complete set, illustrated with 43 maps and fold-out facsimile documents. Solid text block, free of any marks or notations. Period ownership inscriptions, dated 1885 and 1886. (Dornbusch II: 1986) (Eicher 492) An exceptionally bright and attractive set, in near fine condition.
Published shortly after his death, the Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant are held in high regard by historians and casual readers alike. President Grant was initially opposed to writing his memoirs but wished to leave his family financially stable after his death. The books were sold in multiple formats, ranging in price from $3.50 to $12.00 in 1885.