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 spine, decorative gilt emblem on front cover. Floral endpapers, with some cracking of the hinge in both volumes. Frontispiece portraits with tissue covers. Clean text, stable text block. Wear to spine at edges, some fraying along bottom edge of both volumes. Illustrated with 43 maps and a foldout plate in each volume. (Dornbusch II: 1986) (Eicher 492).
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.