New York: The Century Co, 1887-1888. Early printing. Leather bound. Quarto [28.5 cm] Full brown leather with gilt stamped spine labels. Marbled endpapers and text block edges. Illustrated throughout. The spine of volume 1 has been professionally restored along the joints and ends. This volume also has a bit of staing to the front board, and a discreet Japanese tissue repair to gutter of rear flyleaf. Several boards are either partially or fully cracked along the joints, however the boards are still holding. The rear board of volume 4 is heavily stained. Volume 3 has a small loss from the head of the backstrip, and an approximately 2" closed tear to the leather at the foot of the backstrip. Good. Item #59241
From the Preface-
"Many commanders and subordinates have here contributed to the history of the heroic deeds of which they were a part. General Grant, who, in accord with the well-known purpose of President Lincoln, began at Appomattox the work of reconciliation, contributed to the War Series four papers on his greatest campaigns, and these are here included. They were written before his severe illness, and became the foundation of his "personal Memoirs." The narrative of his battles, continued under the tragic circumstances of the last year of his life, retrieved his fortunes and added a new laurel to his fame. The good temper and the unpartisan character of his articles, and of the papers by the leading writers on both sides, are the most significant signs in these pages. For the most part, each side has confined controversy to its own ranks, and both have emphasized the benefit as well as the glory of the issue. Coincident with the progress of the series during the past three years, may be noted a marked increase in the number of fraternal meetings between Union and Confederate veterans, enforcing the conviction that the nation is restored in spirit as in fact, and that each side is contributing its share to the new heritage of manhood and peace."