"There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice": Publisher's deluxe Edition of Grants Memoirs
Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant.
Grant, Ulysses S. [U.S.].
Item Number: 85463
New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885-86.
Publisher’s deluxe brown three quarters morocco of the autobiography of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, which focusing mainly on his military career during the Mexican War and the Civil War. Octavo, 2 volumes. Bound in original deluxe brown half morocco over brown boards, with blind-stamped central motifs of Grant, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers. Illustrated with numerous steel engravings, facsimiles and 43 maps. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
"The best memoirs of any general's since Caesar" (Mark Twain). "A unique expression of the national character....[Grant] has conveyed the suspense which was felt by himself and his army and by all who believed in the Union cause. The reader finds himself...on edge to know how the Civil War is coming out" (Edmund Wilson). “Grant’s memoirs comprise one of the most valuable writings by a military commander in history” (Eicher 492).