New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885. First edition. Frontisportait of Grant in both volumes with tissue guard. Set is illustrated with forty-three maps, one of which is a large folding map, and two steel engravings. Tipped-in facsimile letters in Grant's handwriting. Binding extremities lightly rubbed with some minor soiling to boards. Joints slightly cracked, but sound. Minor browning. Volume I has a few minor marginal tears on pages 83-94, 127, 131-134, 145, 193, 419, 491, 544, 580, not affecting text, and pages 293-300 are loose, but present. Volume II has a few minor stains and small marginal tears, not affecting text. A very good, bright set. Publisher's deluxe binding of half morocco over gilt-ruled cloth decorated with gilt medallions on front and back boards, six-paneled gilt-tooled spine and marbled edges. Two volumes; octavo. 584; 647, [+1, errata] pp. Item #16255
Written during the final days of Grant's life (he was dying from cancer), his memoirs provide a personal and poignant record of some of the most important events in American history. This work was a tremendous bestseller and helped Grant's wife pay off her debts after his death.