The Edward T. LeBlanc Memorial Dime Novel Bibliography

Item - The Life of Ulysses Sydney Grant, Lieutenant-General, U.S.A.

Combined Summary

Series: Beadle's Dime Biographical Library — no. 15
Lives of Great Americans — no. 13
Alternate Title: The Life of Ulysses Sydney Grant, General, U.S. Army
Subject / Tag: Biography
Author: Willett, Edward, 1830-1889
Dates: 1865 (Beadle's Dime Biographical Library edition)
April 23, 1877 (Lives of Great Americans edition)
User Summary: An odd picture of Grant with a long beard and very similar to one appearing in Harper's Weekly about the same time, is given on the wrapper. This portrait has been said to be one of Stonewall Jackson dressed by the engraver in a Union uniform, but more probably it is a picture produced for the publishers by the imagination of the artist. Until Brady took Grant's photograph, March 9, 1864, there were few portraits of him, and his features were entirely unknown in New York, Washington, and the East. The photograph did not have a wide distribution at first, and since a mole appears in the picture on the right side of Grant's face, it is probable that the drawing was made from a verbal description by someone who had met him. Another edition of the booklet, with a cream-colored cover and a type-set title in diagonal lines sloping downward to the right in the place of the usual cover of orange, was deposited for copyright in 1870. A third edition, marked "Memorial Edition," has on the cover the usual portrait of Grant with a short beard. A memorial page has been added, otherwise the booklet is the same as the older editions. It was copyrighted in 1885. The middle name 'Sydney' was not corrected to 'Simpson' even in the later Lives of Great Americans.

Known Editions

Beadle's Dime Biographical Library edition
Lives of Great Americans edition

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