Hard Cover. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885-1886. First Edition. Near Fine.
Two volumes. First edition. Publisher's three-quarter deluxe morocco over brown boards, with Congressional Medallion of 1863 stamped in gilt to the front boards, medallion stamped in gilt to the rear boards, lettered in gilt, band of military stars in gilt to the spines, marbled endpapers and text block edges, facsimile letter with the terms of Lee's surrender present in Volume II. Near fine set, with light rubbing to boards, mild wear to spines and edges of boards, and a touch of rubbing to top edge of Volume II text block. Overall, an attractive set, free of any of the usual repairs or restoration. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant is an autobiographical memoir by Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States, written during the last year of his life and completed only weeks before his death. While small portions cover Grant's childhood, education at West Point, his marriage to Julia Dent, and interwar peacetime years, the majority of Personal Memoirs is devoted to the two wars that shaped Grant's life: the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War. Hailed as one of the best presidential autobiographies, Personal Memoirs is lauded not only for its gripping and insightful descriptions of the 19the century American wars but also for Grant's powerful writing style. With Grant on his deathbed, contemporary author and friend of the president Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) offered to publish the book, claiming he could offer Grant and his wife a higher percentage of royalties than Century. Because of the memoir's high-quality writing and his friendship with Twain, many scholars argue that Grant was not the sole author of his Personal Memoirs, although this opinion has not been proven.