New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885, 1886. First edition. Hardcover. 2 volume set, original 3/4 brown morocco leather and mahogany cloth, gilt titles and medallion cover ornaments, octavos, 584; 647 pp. Illustrated with maps, facsimile documents, etc. Marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. First volume spine slightly lighter in tone than volume 2, cover cloth slightly mottled, leather somewhat dry but spines and corners remarkably free of wear; no cracking or scuffing to spine ends or joints. A very good set. Item #23367
An important military memoir focusing primarily on Grant's experiences in the Mexican-American War and the War Between the States. The work is also notable as a publishing phenomena. Publisher Charles L. Webster had been Samuel L. Clemens' (Mark Twain) business manager before being set up as the eponymous head of Twain's own publishing company. Grant's memoir was published shortly after an impoverished Grant's death from throat cancer.The book was sold by subscription by an army of door-to-door canvasers - many of them former soldiers. 350,000 copies were sold at the price of $3.50 for cloth and $12 for 3/4 morocco, netting Grant's widow roughly $450,000 (about $13 million today). Webster and Twain eventually fell out and Webster was dismissed from the firm in 1888 though the name remained the same.