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Ulysses S. Grant
1885 EARLY #8245 Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant Vol. 2 VERY RARE
New York: Charles L. Webster & Co, 1885. Some water marks on cover, darkening and marks on the edges, some foxing on the pages. A very early edition #8245 of only 350,000, published in 1885 and considered by many among the best military books of all time. For example: "The best memoirs of any general's since Caesar" (Mark Twain). "A unique expression of the national character....[Grant] has conveyed the suspense which was felt by himself and his army and by all who believed in the Union cause. The reader finds himself...on edge to know how the Civil War is coming out" (Edmund Wilson). "Grant's memoirs comprise one of the most valuable writings by a military commander in history" (Eicher 492). 584 pages, measures 6 x 9.5 inches. I also have volume 1 listed and will consider offers for both. The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant is an autobiography by Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, focused mainly on his military career during the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War, and completed as he was dying of throat 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 that Twain had devised; many were 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 (roughly $100 to $330 in 2018). Each copy contained what looked like a handw … [Click Below for Full Description]
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