Grant, U.S. PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF U.S. GRANT, full Morocco Leather bindings
Published by Mark Twain,
Within Weeks of Grant’s Death
U.S. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant was written as Grant was dying of cancer in 1885. The two-volume set was published by Mark Twain shortly after Grant’s death.
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.
Light wear at extremities; light wear at edges of text; minor chipping off spine; else very good & clean.
Grant, U. S. PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF U.S. GRANT. New York: 1885. 1st ed., 2 vols., ft., illus., maps. In publisher’s full morocco leather presentation binding w/ marbled endsheets and edges; leather spine labels; small bookplates.