New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885-1886. Original cloth. Near Fine; Some light rubs to joints, a bit of mottling to cloth. Item #10799.175
The greatest American military memoir, written by the financially ruined Grant in a race against death, and published with the savvy assistance of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) . The work is written with the same calm, clarity, and force that characterized Grant's orders. Luckily for us and for his family, Grant finished just 4 days before he died in July, 1885. Volume I was then published in December of 1885, and at the end of February, 1886 Clemens was able to present Grant's widow, Julia, with the largest publishing royalty in U. S. History to that time--$200, 000. Clemens declared it a literary masterpiece, and most subsequent critics concur. DORNBUSCH, Vol. II, #1986; EICHER #492; MULLINS, UNION BOOKSHELF #35; NEVINS, CWB Vol. II, p. 59. Errata printed at end of volume II. Bound in dark green cloth over boards with spines lettered in gilt, decorated in black and gilt, upper boards titled in gilt with gilt medallions, decorated endpapers, tissue-guarded frontispieces. Bindings show some spotting, particularly upper board of volume I. There are minor extremity rubs to both volumes and a touch of rubbing to medallion on upper board of volume I. Interiors are exceptionally clean and sound with solid bindings, no cracked endpapers or hinges, and just a bit of minor foxing to frontispiece in volume II.; Black & White Engraved Plates, Maps, Facsimiles; Octavos; 584 & 647 pages.