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Besides a collection of concise biographies and portraits of many contemporary figures involved in the proceedings on both sides, the book contains maps, treatises, and an extensive bibliography. I chanced about this volume in a used book shop in Germany. It might still be around in American libraries, despite its age.
Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention by Mary Sarah Bilder ★★★★★
Fascinating and very detailed look at how Madison's notes on the secret convention were changed in the decades after, and why. Reveals a lot about changing American and Madisonian ideas.
The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government by Fergus M. Bordewich ★★★★
Really great look at how it all started, including some very amusing incidents such as when Washington read his constitution, saw that the Senate was supposed to "advise" him and so decided to pay a surprise visit to the Senate, only to find them unwilling to advise him at all. Never again, he vowed.
How is it holding up? So much of that follows from its handling by previous owners, of course, but it's also interesting the huge variation in binding for books of the same age.