Montreal and Toronto: Dawson Brothers / Rose Publishing Company, 1886. First Edition. Hardcover. First Canadian edition; octavo size, 1232 pp., two volumes (complete). Near fine. Item #19102101
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) is arguably one of the most important generals in U.S. History, at times referred to as "the man who saved the Union" for both his military leadership and his subsequent service as the 18th President of the United States. Some believe that Mark Twain assisted Grant in the final days of writing these memoirs shortly before his death in 1885, others say they are "pure Grant" and Twain only assisted in the publication. Either way, these memoirs are a critical part of understanding Ulysses S. Grant from the time of his earliest military service during the Mexican War, his subsequent military service including his time on the West Coast and in California, up through the end of the Civil War.
Mentioned in Mullins & Reed, 12, which states "Bruce Catton places Grant's Memoirs on the top of his list of Civil War classics...Ralph Newman states: 'No Union list of personal narratives could possibly begin without the story of the victorious general.' "
This set the first Canadian edition, with both volumes having been published in 1886 (Volume One was published a year prior in the US, in 1885).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full green cloth, each volume with the title in gilt on the front boards, title, volume number, and "shoulder strap" emblem on the spines all in gilt, two different steel-engraved frontispieces showing Grant in his youth and middle age, several maps (some folding) and reproductions of documents throughout; octavo size (9" by 6.25"), pagination: Volume I, (1)- 584; Volume II, (1)-647 pages plus a listing of Errata from Volume I.
___CONDITION: Near fine: the cloth binding with only a few stray marks, the corners straight with minimal rubbing, both textblocks are strong with solid hinges, both volumes are entirely free of prior owner markings and the interiors are clean and bright, entirely free of foxing; the sole condition issues we see are the aforementioned light soil marks to the binding and Volume One being slightly cocked; overall a lovely set of this critical piece of U.S. history.
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