Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, 1st Trade Edition


Grant’s Memoirs, With the Salesman Sample


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Offering U.S. Grant’s Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, the Green Shoulder Strap First Trade Edition, with the tough-to-find Salesman Sample. 

Written as Grant was dying of cancer in 1885, the two-volume set was published by Charles L. Webster and Company shortly after Grant’s death. This is one of three states for the original first edition, at once the most common and the most sought after by collectors.

Each copy includes what looked like a handwritten note from Grant himself; a note that vexes booksellers even today

Still in print, 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.

Finished by July 20, 1885, three days before his painful death, these books are ranked as among the finest memoirs from any U. S. president.  Published in 1885-6, the initial printing of 200,000 of two octavo volumes were sold only by subscription.

Grant, Ulysses S.  PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF U. S. GRANT.  NY:  Charles Webster, 1885.  1st trade edition; 2 vols.; distinctive shoulder straps on each spine. 


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