"THE FIRST MODERN GENERAL": SCARCE SHOULDER-STRAP EDITION OF W.T. SHERMAN’S MEMOIRS, 1892
SHERMAN, William Tecumseh. Memoirs of Gen. W.T. Sherman, Written by Himself. New York: Charles L. Webster, 1892. Two volumes. Octavo, original gilt-stamped green cloth, patterned endpapers. $700.
Enlarged fourth edition, early printing, of this invaluable autobiography, incorporating corrections and revisions by Sherman, and including a concluding chapter on Sherman’s final illness and death, and a personal tribute by Congressman James G. Blaine. With frontispiece portrait, 15 folding maps, three steel-engraved portraits and a photogravure group portrait, in the distinctive shoulder-strap binding.
"Penned with intelligence and passion, [Sherman's Memoirs] cover the periods of birth to the Meridian Expedition early in 1864 (Volume I) and the remainder of the war to the commander's first decade following the war (Volume II)… The memoirs frankly describe the rights and wrongs of the Civil War campaigns Sherman experienced, without regard to stepping on the feelings of others. The work is not unduly harsh, but is unwaveringly honest (as the author viewed these events)… The writing in this work is enjoyable, more so than the average soldier's memoirs, and the enlightened opinions of the second-ranking Federal officer on a multitude of operations make the work invaluable" (Eicher 576). First published in 1875, with this enlarged edition first published in 1891. Issued by Mark Twain and Charles Webster's publishing house, this copy's distinctive "shoulder-strap" binding was uniform with several other memoirs by Civil War generals, including those by Grant and Sheridan. With 15 folding maps (five in Volume I; ten in Volume II), frontispiece and steel-engraved portraits. Volume I with four leaves of publisher's advertisements at rear. See Sabin 80416; Nevins II:89. Early gift inscription.
Text fine, Volume II with inner paper hinges expertly reinforced; small cloth repair to rear panel. An attractive set.