New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885-1886.
First edition. Illustrated. 584; 647,  pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Bound in publisher's DE LUXE three quarters pebbled brown morocco, gilt medallion central piece on upper covers, all edges marbled. Rubbed. Item #316283
Inscribed by Philadelphia publisher George W. Childs: "S.M. Wanamaker with the sincere regards of his friend Geo. W. Childs Christmas 1885."
Childs was also a very close friend of President Ulysses S. Grant, and they owned adjacent summer homes in Long Branch, New Jersey. When the dying Grant was struggling to complete his war memoirs to support his family after his death, he asked Childs to decide which firm should publish the work. Childs chose Charles L. Webster & Co., in which Mark Twain was a principal. In 1887 a movement arose to draft Childs himself for the presidency, but on January 25, 1888, he announced in the New York Times, "I am not a candidate and neither would I accept the (Republican) nomination for President."
Samuel Wanamaker was the brother of the more gamous John and for a time his partner in Wanamaker's.
A notable association.
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