First edition of the Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant in deluxe black morocco binding.
Octavo, [two volumes], 584pp [Vol. I]; 647pp [Vol. II]. Publisher’s deluxe full black morocco, title in gilt on spines, raised bands, stamped in blind with elaborate borders. Marbled endpapers, decorative gilt turn-ins and board edges. Both volumes with restoration to covers, rebuilt top edge of Volume I, leather oiled and dyed to all covers. Tissue repairs to front free endpaper of Volume II. Frontispiece portraits of Grant with tissue cover in both volumes. Complete with over 50 illustrations and maps, including fold-out facsimile documents of Lee’s Surrender at Appomattox. (Dornbusch II: 1986) (Eicher 492). A scarce binding, with noted issues.
Published shortly after his death, the personal memoirs of President Grant are held in high regard by historians and general 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.