Carson, Hampton L. History of the Celebration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the promulgation of the Constitution of the United States. In two volumes [complete]. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1889. First Edition.
Blue cloth with bright gilt spine titles, 8 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches, penciled former owner's information on the ffeps. xii., 478; viii., 516 clean and unmarked pp., this set has appx. 125 plates. Top edges gilt, rest deckled. End paper folds to vol. ii. starting to open. Bindings clean and tight, showing minor shelf wear. Not ex library - exceptional condition. Very good. Hardcover. 
The patriotic success of the celebration in Philadelphia was so striking a record of the events was thought to be appropriate, and with historical additions and many engraved plates, this two-volume set is the result.
"As an auxiliary to this object, and as a prelude to their account of the ceremonies which belonged to the celebration, they have prepared a compact history of the progress of the American colonies towards a general confederation, and of the imperfection of that first act of union, which rendered a more perfect Constitution necessary. A history of the formation of our present Constitution follows, carefully derived from the authentic records of the time, and showing the meaning of its framers in respect to various clauses which are still the subjects of debate...they have prepared brief sketches of the lives of the men who took part in that memorable convention, that their memories might be preserved with their work...The portraits of the framers of the Constitution are taken from original and authentic sources, and in all cases preference has been given to those which have not been repeatedly engraved." - from the Preface.
The History of the Formation of the Constitution...&c. is written by John A. Kasson; Biographies...&c., by Hampton L. Carson. There are photos taken from the grand parade of various tradesmen, groups, military regiments, Indians from Indian Territory, firemen, railroad exhibits, &c.
This valuable set not only gives the history of the Constitution and its framers, but also a glorious glimpse at the America of 1889.