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Personal Memoirs of U S Grant
New York: Charles L. Webster & Co.,, 1885-6. 2 volumes, octavo. Recent dark blue morocco, titles and decoration to spines, raised bands, single rule to boards, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Engraved portrait frontispiece, one etched plate and one folding facsimile to each, 47 full-page plans in all, folding map at the rear of Volume II. Small serial stamp to verso of frontispiece in volume 1, some mild toning to page edges, an excellent set. First edition. Mark Twain was resounding in his praise of Grant's prose: "this is the simple soldier, who, all untaught of the silken phrase-makers, linked words together with an art surpassing the art of the schools and put into them a something which will still bring to American ears, as long as America shall last, the roll of his vanished drums and the tread of his marching hosts." That Twain was essentially the publisher of the work should not entirely devalue his judgement. Grant's autobiography sold over 300,000 sets and has remained continually in print since its first appearance.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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