The Workman Collection

Various Authors

Collection of American Literature Works Including The Prince of India and Tales of Men and Ghosts

1856 - 1910

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The Workman Collection

Group of nine first editions.

  • Sold as a set of 9.

Ambrose Bierce (American). 

The Cynic’s Word Book

New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1906. 


Half-title, frontispiece. 

Bound in original green ribbed cloth, upper cover and spine decoratively stamped in orange and black.

Frederic S. Cozzens (American).

The Sparrowgrass Papers; Or, Living in the Country

New York: Derby & Jackson, 1856. 


Illustrated frontispiece and vignette title, 8 pages of ads at rear. 

Bound in original purple cloth, covers stamped in blind, spine gilt-lettered, yellow endpapers.

Harold Frederic (American).

The Damnation of Theron Ware

Chicago: Stone and Kimball, 1896.



Bound in original green cloth, covers and spine lettered and ruled in gilt, top edge gilt.

Housed in custom slipcase and folding chemise. 

O. Henry (American). 

The Voice of the City. Further Stories of the Four Million

New York: The McClure Company, 1908. 


Half-title, 1 page ad at the rear. 

Bound in original red cloth, upper cover ruled in blind, cover and spine gilt-lettered, gilt sphinx to cover.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (American).

The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table

Boston: Phillips Sampson, 1858.


Half-title, etched frontispiece, 8 etched plates, with index at end.

Bound in original embossed brown cloth, covers decoratively bordered in blind, spine gilt-lettered with gilt ornamental motifs, endpapers

with publisher's advertisements.

Housed in custom slipcase and folding chemise.

W[illiam] D[ean] Howells (American).

A Boy’s Town. Described for Harper’s Young People

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1890. 


Frontispiece, with 23 black and white plates including 2 intertextual vignettes. 

Bound in original blue-green cloth with elaborate border in upper cover and spine stamped in silver, Howell's facsimile signature and titles stamped in gilt on upper cover, spine gilt-lettered.

Edgar Allen Poe (American).

The Gift: A Christmas and New Year’s Present

Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1843. 


8 engraved plates.

Scarce large paper edition.

Bound in full brown calf, covers and spine elaborately gilt, edges gilt, yellow endpapers.

Housed in custom clamshell case.

Lew Wallace (American).

2 volumes.

The Prince of India; Or, Why Constantinople Fell

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1893. 


Title to each volume.

Bound in original blue cloth, upper covers pictorially blocked in red and silver, covers and spines gilt-lettered.

Edith Wharton (American). 

Tales of Men and Ghosts

New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1910. 


Titles in black and red with 4 pages of publisher’s ads at rear. 

Bound in original red cloth, cover and spine gilt-lettered, top edge gilt.

Condition Report

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The Cynic’s Word Book

Early ownership to upper pastedown.

Extremely minor edgewear.

The Sparrowgrass Papers

Spine sunned.

Ownership signature to front free endpaper.

The Damnation of Theron Ware

Offsetting from booklabel into half-title. 

The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table

A few stray spots, primarily to plates. 

The Gift: A Christmas and New Year’s Present

Foxing and browning. 

The Prince of India; Or, Why Constantinople Fell

One or two stray spots.

Some minor browning. 

Early gift inscription on front endpaper.

Early ownership on lower pastedown of volume 1.


First Edition




Short Stories, Novels, Americana

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