First edition of the Personal Memoirs of US Grant by Ulysses S. Grant. Octavo, [two volumes], 584pp [Vol. I], 647pp [Vol. II]. Publishers green cloth, title in gilt on spine, decorative gilt emblem on front cover. Previous ownership inscription in pencil, dated Christmas 1885, with associated bookplate on front endpaper. Floral endpapers. Frontispiece portraits with tissue covers, with some foxing to tissue covers and illustrations. Some foxing to leaf ends of text block, not affecting text. Illustrated with 43 maps, foldout plate in each volume. (Dornbusch II: 1986) (Eicher 492) An exceptionally bright and attractive set, in near fine condition.
Comments: 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.