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An extraordinary and unique set, inscribed by General's Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1881. In three volumes. First edition. 8vo. (xviii), xiii, (iii), 683; x, (ii), 591; ix, (iii), 733 pp. Illustrated with an engraved portrait frontispiece of Grant in first volume; lacking all, but one, of the engraved maps and plates. Contemporary full brown morocco, as described in Badeau's letter below, stamped in blind and in gilt; top edges gilt, other edges trimmed; marbled endpapers; gift inscription from Work to his father, John C. Work, dated Christmas 1881, on first free leaf in first volume; all three volumes partially unopened; bookseller's ticket of Henry Miller, Bookseller & Binder 82 Nassau St. N.Y. on rear paste-down of each volume.
Includes three autograph letters from the Union Army’s most prominent generals, bound into first volume:
An extraordinary and unique set of Adam Badeau's three-volume military history of Ulysses S. Grant, with three autograph letters from the most prominent Union Army Generals: Ulysses S. Grant (1822-85), William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-91), and Philip H. Sheridan (1831-88), bound in. Grant wrote his own autobiography, published with the aid of his friend Mark Twain shortly after Grant's death in 1885. Badeau also worked with Grant during the early stages of his own memoir, Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885-86), before leaving the project over a financial dispute.
In Badeau's Grant in Peace (1887, chapter 51, p. 588) he writes of this very set: "Mr. Work had a copy of my Military History of Grant especially bound for his library, and asked General Grant to write something in it to attest his opinion of its merits..." Badeau also used portions of Grant's above letter when promoting the 1885 reprint of this work by Appleton.
It is our understanding that Work was a lawyer who was a friend and colleague of Grant's.
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