Philadelphia: Hubbard Bros. et al, 1879. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 850 pp. Near fine. Item #19102206
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.
This work, published while Grant was still alive, would have been of interest to the many who adored him during his lifetime. As the title page continues: "This work is designed to furnish a complete account of the life and remarkable public career of General Grant, and to take the reader with him in his celebrated tour around the world. - To look in upon the splendors of royal courts to which he was everywhere so cordially welcomed - to view at leisure the greatest wonders and richest beauties of foreign lands - to witness the high honors paid to this representative of the United States of America....." Noted as "profusely illustrated", the book includes approximately fifty full-page (some of which are double-spread) and multiple in-text illustrations - the list of illustrations itself covers over four pages.
The binding is stunning, the brick cloth clean, the gilt and black used for decorations and lettering bright and unrubbed, the gilt edges almost blindingly bright; a wonderful example of a book over 140 years old which looks almost as fresh as the day it left the bindery.
___DESCRIPTION: Full brick red cloth, the front board with an ornamental border in gilt and black, with a stylized globe in the center embellished with decorated borders, the whole in gilt and black, lettering in both gilt and black, the spine with complementary decorations, the decorations and lettering also in gilt and black, the back board with the same design as the front but blind-embossed, all edges gilt, brown coated endpapers, frontispiece an engraved portrait of Grant from a photograph by [Mathew] Brady, the woodcut illustrations throughout, each chapter with a small woodcut tail-piece; octavo size (9" by 6.25"); note that the volume is divided into two sections with separate pagination: the "Life of General Grant", [i-vi] vii-xxii, 23-251, [252 - blank]; and the "Travels of General Grant", [1-2] 3-599.
___CONDITION: Near fine, the boards clean other than a few exceedingly light stray marks, the gilt and black lettering/decorations on the front board and spine bright, straight corners with minimal rubbing (more shelfwear than rubbing), a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright with no foxing or dampstaining, and entirely free of prior owner markings; head and tail of the spine bumped, some shelfwear to the bottom edges of the boards, and minor areas of rubbing to the brown coating on the endpapers. Overall a truly spectacular example.
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