Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Consitituonal Convention, May to September, 1787 by Catherine Drinker Bowen, Book of the Month Edition, Circa 1986

Bowen, Catherine Drinker. Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May to September 1787. New York: The American Past, 1986. Book of the Month Club edition. Introduction by Henry Steele Commanger, original publisher boards and dust jacket.

This Book of the Month Club edition of Catherine Drinker’s Miracle at Philadelphia was published as part of The American Past Series. This 1986 edition includes an essay leaflet from the Chairman of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Warren E. Burger. This book features the original Book-of-the-Month-Club edition boards, dust jacket, and slipcase.

In 1787, during one of the hottest summers in decades, fifty-five men argued viciously in a single room for months to decide the future of the United States. The Constitutional Convention remains one of the greatest political accomplishments of the country. Despite the social, economic, and political differences of each state, the representatives produced the United States Constitution, thereby replacing the faulty Articles of Confederation.

Catherine Drinker details the events of that summer in a way that brings her readers into the Philadelphia scene. Using first hand accounts of the event, Drinker provides exquisite detail of the important figures and the most impactful compromises.


Overall very good condition. The white cloth boards have no stains, tears, or distortions. The binding is slightly loose, especially towards the bottom. The pages are all clean with blue edging along the top and a red page marker. Inside the front cover is a leaflet featuring a report of the book by the Chairman of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, the leaflet is in fine quality with no discoloration, tears, or creases.

The publisher’s white dust jacket mimics the boards with the title on the front cover and the title and author on the spine. The jacket is in good condition with a few dents on the top edge, otherwise no issues. The full leather blue, red, and gold slipcase is in good condition. Bottom left and top right corners are dented but otherwise no scratches or tears.

Book with slipcase dimensions: 9 ¾” H x 6 ¾” W x 1 ¾” D.

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