Civil War Memoirs, “Shoulder Straps Set,” 10 vols

$8,500.00

A Bright and Handsome Set – Tough to Find!

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Description

This “Shoulder Strap” series in its distinctive green binding is named for the shoulder straps decorating the spines, representing the number of stars due that memoir’s author.  Featuring the finest in contemporary Civil War histories, this series pays tribute to Mark Twain’s brief but impressive venture into publishing. 

In 1884, Twain initially joined with Charles Webster (who was married to Twain’s niece) in an effort to publish “his own books,” which began successfully with Huckleberry Finn in 1885.  Fortuitously he soon got the contract to publish The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (1885-1886) – a huge success… Other Civil War generals preparing their own memoirs were natural additions:  McClellan’s Own Story (1887) was arranged for without difficulty;  Genesis of the Civil War (1887) by Samuel Crawford was offered and accepted; and Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan soon followed (1888).  The “Shoulder Strap” series also includes the posthumous Reminiscences of W. S. Hancock written by his wife (1887), Tenting on the Plains by George A. Custer (1889), and concluded with a revised edition of Personal Memoirs of Gen. W. T. Sherman (1892).  By then, however, any profits had been exhausted and Twain’s publishing house filed for bankruptcy in 1894.  

Quite scarce as a set owing to the difficulty of finding the Crawford and Custer volumes — and especially Hancock with its stars on the spine (strangely, the same volume without the stars is more easily found). 

Excellent with each tight and clean; the gilt spine titling clear on each, with only some minor rubbing at some of the spine tips.  All the front cover emblems are excellent: Grant and Crawford with a medallion; McClellan with crossed swords and corps badges; Hancock a corps badge; and Sheridan astride a horse riding into battle.  Only Sherman’s books lack any cover emblem.  10 volumes. 

(CIVIL WAR MEMOIRS)  U.S. Grant (2v) / Wm T. Sherman (2v) / Phil Sheridan (2v) / Samuel Crawford (1v) / George McClellan (1v); George Custer (1v) / Winfield S. Hancock (1v). 10 volumes; octavo, original green cloth, gilt medallions on front boards; gilt shoulder straps on the spines.