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Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant
New York: Charles L. Webster & Co.,, 1885-6. 2 volumes, octavo. Publisher's superior binding of tan full sheep, red and dark blue morocco labels, marbled edges and endpapers. 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. Slightly rubbed, and a few very minor patches of stripping, light toning as usual, an unusually well-preserved set in this attractive, but fragile, binding. 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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