This sale is for an original 1885 FIRST EDITION set of the PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF U. Grant and published by Charles L. Webster & Company, a publisher co-owned by Mark Twain and his niece's husband. YOU'LL LOVE THESE BOOKS!! VOLUME 1 has several illustrations and 15 MAPS!!!
Published in 1885, it is filled with 584 very informative pages of the detailed history of the Civil War as told by Major General Grant himself. VOLUME 2 also has several illustrations and 28 MAPS!!! Published in 1886, it is filled with 647 very informative pages.
Mark Twain had heard a rumor that the ex-president and Civil War hero was interested in publishing his memoirs. He visited Grant and proposed a deal. If Grant would let MARK TWAIN publish his memoirs, he would give Grant 75% of the profits. Like Twain, Grant suffered financial troubles. After some consideration, he agreed to let Twain do the job.
Webster & Company, a publisher co-owned by Twain and his niece's husband, published Grant's Memoirs in 1885, shortly after Grant's death. Twain sent salesmen all over the country to sell the work, which was offered as a two-volume set with a choice of three bindings. Many of the salesmen were Civil War veterans.
They wore their army uniforms to create sympathy for Grant, who had died just days after finishing his manuscript. Twain appreciated Grant's writing, and he praised the Memoirs sincerely. Of Grant he wrote, 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. Webster & Company went bankrupt.
Twain was forced to write and lecture to pay off his debts, which he finally succeeded in doing. The deaths of his wife and two daughters contributed to the deep sadness that Twain experienced in his later years.
He died in Redding, Connecticut, in 1910, with his autobiography unfinished. Published in 1885 and 1886 respectively, these books are in VERY GOOD CONDITION for any age and especially to be 134+ YEARS OLD!!! And firmly bound in both volumes.
The foldout of General Buckner's Dispatch is present in volume one however; Gen. Lee's surrender is missing from volume two. This popular set is provided with a wealth of informative material and one that is just as interesting today as it was well over 100 years ago. GET IT WHILE YOU CAN!! Please see our other books too!The item "PERSONAL MEMOIRS U S GRANT Antique 1ST EDITION Civil War CSA General Ulysses MAP" is in sale since Wednesday, April 15, 2020. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "rebel_soldier" and is located in Cameron, North Carolina.
This item can be shipped worldwide.