A Civil War Classic:
Personal Memoirs of
First edition, in rare publisher's deluxe morocco bindings
|"What General Lee's
feelings were I do not know. As he was a man of much dignity, with an
impassible face, it was impossible to say whether he felt inwardly glad
that the end had finally come, or felt sad over the result, and was too
manly to show it. Whatever his feelings, they were entirely concealed
from my observation; but my own feelings, which had been quite jubilant
on the receipt of his letter, were sad and depressed. I felt like
anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought
so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that
cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought,
and one for which there was the least excuse. I do not question,
however, the sincerity of the great mass of those who were opposed to
-Grant, upon meeting Lee at Appomattox
Court House to discuss the terms of surrender.
|GRANT, Ulysses S. Personal
Memoirs of U.S. Grant. New York: Charles L. Webster & Co., 1885-86.
Octavo, original three-quarters publisher's deluxe morocco with gilt
medallions on boards. Two volumes. $1100.
First edition, in rare publisher's
deluxe morocco bindings, of Grant's important and fascinating memoirs, illustrated
throughout with numerous steel engravings, facsimiles, and over forty
maps. Written during the final days of Grant's life and seen through
publication by Mark Twain, the Memoirs provide a personal and
poignant record of some of the most significant events in American
history. Light scuffing to bindings (much less than usual), occasional
foxing. A very handsome set.