Lot 221: 1885 Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant First Edition
January 14, 2017
Bozeman, MT, USALive Auction
Description: This is a first edition 1885 set of Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant Volume I & Volume II. The piece was published in 1885-1886 by Charles L. Webster & Company New York. The piece shows green clothe covers with choice, bold gold stamped lettering and seal. The book is a fascinating read with a rare fold-out of the terms of surrender given to Robert E. Lee. Volume I shows an excellent etching of Grant as a young soldier with Volume II having a portrait of the more known image of President U.S. Grant. These memoirs were written from the fall of 1884 and completed four days before his death July 23, 1885. The set was published by Grants friend, Samuel Clemmons (Mark Twain) under the alias of his nephew, Charles L. Webster. This is a wonderful excellent quality set and a must own for any Civil War enthusiast. Cover shows some slight wear, but overall a very rare and desirable well preserved set. Volume I, after the title page, has what appears to be a hand written note by Grant, possibly etching or print. Together these measures 6.5"x9 3/8" and each is 1.75" thick.