The life and travels of General Grant. This work is designed to furnish a complete account of the life and remarkable public career of General Grant, and to take the reader with him in his celebrated tour around the world. -- To look in upon the splendors of royal courts to which he was everywhere so cordially welcomed -- to view at leisure the greatest wonders and richest beauties of foreign lands -- to witness the high honors paid to this representative of the United States of America, etc., etc., etc., etc. By Hon. J. T. Headley ... Profusely illustrated. Philadelphia, Pa. Published by Hubbard Bros., Philadelphia, Pa.; Springfield, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Cincinnati, Ohio: Thomas Prothero, Emporia, Kansas: A. L. Bancroft & Co., San Francisco, Cal.: W. H. Thompson & Co., Boston, Mass., 1879. 22x14.6 cm, two volumes in one: pp. [i-ii] vii-xxii 23-251 [252: blank]; [1-2] 3-620, flyleaves at front and rear, inserted frontispiece (steel engraved portrait of Grant), many illustrations, some full page, in the text, original bevel-edged green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, rear panel stamped in blind, all edges stained red, brown coated endpapers. First edition. Hack work published quickly as a subscription book, intended, according to Headley, for "the great reading public" and not the "select few" who could afford "the costly work, entitled 'Around the World with Grant,' got up with so much elegance and taste" and "not intended for the great mass of the people" (Preface, p. vii). In May 1877, following his service as President of the United States, Grant and a family party embarked on a trip to see Europe that evolved into a trip around the world that lasted more than two years (see J. R. Young, Around the World General Grant, 1879). Grant returned to America in 1879 and made a brief visit to Yosemite following his arrival in San Francisco. A short account of his trip to Yosemite in early October 1879 is found on page 599 (here quoted in full): "Grant now departed for the Yosemite Valley, and was greeted enthusiastically on the way. At Fresno City he gave a brief reception to the citizens, and Union and Confederate soldiers united in congratulating him on his safe return to the country. The Mariposa brass band crossed the mountains, a distance of thirty-six miles, to join in the ceremonies, playing 'Hail to the Chief,' as they approached the hotel where Grant was stopping. As they were rolling over the lower bridge of the Merced River, in the Yosemite Valley, heavy blasts of powder were fired by way of a salute, while all the residents and tourists turned out to greet him. After a short rest, Grant took a walk to view the stupendous scenery that shuts in the valley, and in the evening had a formal reception. After visiting the principal objects of interest, the party returned by way of the big trees to San Francisco." Joel Tyler Headley (1813-1897), a "prolific and popular" author, "produced during his long career more than thirty biographies, histories, and books of travel. Their patriotic, moral tone and sweet vivacity appealed to many thousands ... While a large public regarded him as a scholar and a historian, many of his books were mere compilations without taste, judgment, or insight. His vivid, nervous style often sank to bombast and prolixity ..." (DAB). Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, top edge stain partially faded, small stain on frontispiece with light offset on adjacent leaves, a remarkably nice, bright copy of this nearly 900-page book. (#166659).
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