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    One of the Greatest of All American Memoirs

    Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant. New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885-86. First edition. Two octavo volumes. 584, [2, blank]; 647, [1, errata] pages. With a steel-engraved frontispiece portrait in each volume, two engraved plates, and numerous intertextual maps and illustrations throughout, few folding. Publisher's deluxe binding half brown morocco over cloth boards with gilt central facsimiles of medals on boards. Spines ruled, tooled, and lettered in gilt in compartments with five raised bands. Marbled edges and endpapers.

    Bindings rubbed and soiled. Cracked hinges, small pencil bookseller's notes on both front fly-leaves. Volume I facsimile of General Buckner's Dispatch with additional creasing and folds. Volume II facsimile of note from Grant to Lee at Appomattox, printed on yellow paper, with tears in folded section. Volume II with pencil marks and small margin tear on pages 226 and 227. Foxing (heavier on frontispieces, title pages, and plates), some image offset on adjacent pages, occasional dust shadows, and minor soiling. Very good.


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    Considered one of the greatest of all American memoirs, Mark Twain wrote: "This is the simple soldier who, all untaught of the silken phrase-makers, linked words together with an art surpassing the art of the schools and put into them a something which will still bring to American ears, as long as America shall last, the roll of his vanished drums and the tread of his marching hosts."



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    April, 2016
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