Grant, U.S. PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF U.S. GRANT, Full Calfskin, Publisher’s Presentation Edition
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U.S. Grant’s Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, in Full Calfskin Publisher’s Presentation Edition.
Written as Grant was dying of cancer in 1885, the two-volume set was published by Charles L. Webster Company (Mark Twain’s firm) shortly after Grant’s death.
This is one of three original states for the first edition, and the most difficult to find in very good condition or better. Twain created a unique marketing system designed to reach millions of veterans with a patriotic appeal just as Grant’s death was being mourned. Ten thousand agents canvassed the North, following a script Twain had devised; many were themselves veterans who dressed in their old uniforms. They sold 350,000 two-volume sets at prices from $3.50 to $12 (depending on the binding). Each copy contained what looked like a handwritten note from Grant himself–a note that vexes booksellers to this day. In the end, Grant’s widow Julia received about $450,000.
Still in print today, it is considered the gold standard of the Memoir genre and is considered by many as the finest memoir of any of our presidents, rivaled only by Eisenhower’s Crusade in Europe.
Both volumes in unusually good condition; calfskin boards treated with leather preservative; spine labels lightly crazed and very lightly cracked; no loss.
Grant, U. S. PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF… New York: 1885. 1st publisher’s presentation edition, full calfskin with spine labels; 2 volumes, frontispiece, illustrated, maps, marbled end pages and edges.