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Lot #4061
U. S. Grant's Personally-Owned Book: 'The Library of American Biography'

Presented to General Grant by the citizens of Boston in 1866

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Presented to General Grant by the citizens of Boston in 1866

Unsigned book from the personal library of Ulysses S. Grant: The Library of American Biography by Jared Sparks, Second Series, Vol. I. Later printing. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1864. Hardcover bound in contemporary half morocco over marbled boards, 4.75 x 7, 398 pages. Affixed to the front pastedown is a presentation bookplate, "Lieut. Gen. U. S. Grant, from the Citizens of Boston, January 1, 1866." Book condition: VG/None, with edgewear and a "Library of Lawrence E. Miller" blindstamp to a rear page. At the conclusion of the Civil War, the grateful citizens of Boston learned that General Grant lacked a personal library. In appreciation for his service in the war they presented him with a collection of 1,200 books. This is one of those volumes, and contains biographies of Robert de la Salle and Patrick Henry. From the collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Presidential Memorabilia
  • Dates: #562 - Ended February 13, 2020