McCabe, James D. The Illustrated History of the Centennial Exhibition, held in commemoration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of American Independence; With a Full Description of The Great Buildings and all the Objects of Interest exhibited within them, embracing also A Concise History of the Origin and Success of the Exhibition, and Biographies of the Leading Members of the Centennial Commission, to which is added, A Complete Description of the City of Philadelphia. Embellished with over 300 Fine Engravings of Buildings and Scenes in the Great Exhibition. Philadelphia: The National Publishing Company, 1876. First Edition. 
Half black leather with purple cloth boards, spine with raised bands and gilt-decorated panels, marbled end papers and page edges, 6 x 9 inches. 874 clean pp., tight. With several steel engravings foxed, and many full-page and in-text wood engravings, some folding. Section of cloth to rear cover shows signs of moisture contact, does not affect any text pages. Sold by subscription only, with adverts for aspiring salesmen at end. Very good. Hardcover.
The descriptions of the buildings of the city of Philadelphia present historical details of the city itself and present a view of Philadelphia as it was in 1876.
This book shows the pride that America once had in itself as a nation, celebrating its own history and accomplishments. And beyond that, nations from around the world participated in the exhibition, and each building and exhibit is herein described.
"The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, the first official World's Fair to be held in the United States, was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from May 10 to November 10, 1876, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. Officially named the International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures, and Products of the Soil and Mine, it was held in Fairmount Park along the Schuylkill River on fairgrounds designed by Herman J. Schwarzmann. Nearly 10 million visitors attended the exposition, and 37 countries participated in it...More than 200 buildings were constructed within the Exposition's grounds, which were surrounded by a fence nearly three miles long. There were five main buildings in the exposition. They were the Main Exhibition Building, Memorial Hall, Machinery Hall, Agricultural Hall, and Horticultural Hall. Apart from these buildings, there were separate buildings for state, federal, foreign, corporate, and public comfort buildings. This strategy of numerous buildings in one exposition set it apart from the previous fairs around the world that had relied exclusively on having one or a few large buildings...Although not financially successful for investors, the Centennial Exposition impressed foreigners with the industrial and commercial growth of the country. The level of exports increased, the level of imports decreased, and the trade balance grew in favor of the United States." - wikipedia.