St. Louis: Privately Printed for W.K. Bixby by D.B. Updike, The Marymount Press Boston, 1919. Limited first edition. Hardcover. 1/50. Quarto. 18pp. . Red buckram over dark blue paper boards. Black lettering over white paper labels on the front cover and spine. Pages uncut, with few page unopened. Signed and dated inscription from the publisher W.K. Bixby in ink on the front free endpaper. This limited edition, finely and privately printed book reproduces two scarce period letters from famed Civil War General William T. Sherman, held in the personal collection of W.K. Bixby. These letters at least at the time of publication, had never been previously published in any form.
The first letter, dated May 10th, 1865, is addressed from Sherman to General Ulysses S. Grant was marked as "highly important" and "strictly confidential". In it Sherman discusses his planned march to Alexandria, Virginia through Richmond. The second letter, undated, is addressed to William McPherson of St. Louis. In it Sherman discusses a recent controversial "negro letter", he had written, which been obtained by the newspapers and published. This fascinating piece of correspondence, discusses Sherman's thoughts on the publication of the aforementioned letter, reveals his true opinions of African-Americans at the time, and uses racist language.
Binding with minor bumping and/or rubbing to extremities. Covers with some minor to light scratches and some age toning along the edges. Binding in very good, interior in near fine condition overall. Extremely scarce, with only three copies worldwide (none signed) on OCLC. Binding protected by modern mylar. vg to near fine. Item #46366