First edition of the Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant by former president 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 tips of cloth, faint shelf wear. Gift inscription in Volume I, dated 1886. Floral endpapers, solid hinges. Frontispiece portraits with tissue covers. A complete set, illustrated with 43 maps and fold-out facsimile documents. Solid text blocks, free of any marks or notations. (Dornbusch II: 1986) (Eicher 492) A 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.