“WITHOUT THE EMBELLISHMENT OR GLORIFICATION TYPICAL OF SOME EARLY WORKS”: 1881 EDITION OF BADEAU’S MILITARY HISTORY OF ULYSSES S. GRANT, WITH GRANT’S SIGNATURE TIPPED IN
(GRANT, Ulysses S.) BADEAU, Adam. Military History of Ulysses S. Grant, from April 1861 to April 1865. New York: D. Appleton, 1881. Three volumes. Thick octavo, contemporary three-quarter dark green morocco, raised bands, marbled boards, endpapers and edges.
First edition, mixed issue set of aide-de-camp Badeau’s “eyewitness estimation of Grant’s performance during the war,” with a stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece by J. C. Buttre from a photograph by Gurney & Son, and 31 folding maps. With autograph signature of Grant and his rank tipped-in.
Badeau was a member of Grant's staff—a relationship that might suggest a lack of objectivity. To the contrary, "Badeau's style is matter of fact without the embellishment or glorification typical of some early works. The accuracy is impressive… The author does not digress or reflect on matters, so the volumes have a technical precision that is both valuable for its truthfulness… and for delivering an eyewitness estimation of Grant's performance during the war" (Eicher 486). First published between 1868 and 1881, this work has become particularly valuable for its first-hand accounts of the 1864 campaigns and the surrender at Appomattox. Volume I is second issue, dated 1881; Volumes II and III are first issue. Nicholson, 1994. Eicher 486. Dornbusch II: 51. Owner signature in Volume II.
Interiors clean; light color restoration to extremities. A fine copy, most desirable with Grant's signature.