New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885-1886.
First edition, the deluxe binding. Illustrated. 584; 647,  pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Deluxe Copy in Superior Condition. Publisher's full tan sheep with contrasting labels, marbled edges. Faintest traces of rubbing, a near fine set Item #346630
The president and Civil War general's remarkable memoir, written in the final years of his life. Suffering both physically, from throat cancer, and financially, as the result of financial misfortune, Grant began writing his autobiography in the fall of 1884 and finished in July of 1885, five days before his death. Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) encouraged Grant and shepherded the book to publication through the Webster connection.
Eagerly anticipated by a public that had been following Grant's illness in the press, the book was an immediate success upon its release, and has long been considered one of if not the best memoirs written by an American president. Since its publication, it has received acclaim from literary figures including Twain and Gertrude Stein, and from numerous modern American historians and political commentators from Eric Foner to Ta-Nehisi Coates.
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