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The Workman Collection

Various Authors

Collection of American Poetry Works including The Song of Hiawatha and November Boughs

1855 - 1902

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The Workman Collection

  • Sold as a set of 10.


Horatio Alger Jr. (American).

Do and Dare. Or, A Brave Boy’s Fight for Fortune.

Philadelphia: Porter and Coates, 1884.

Duodecimo.

Presumed first edition, first state with deluxe cloth and no ads in back.

Bound in original mustard cloth with pictorial black stamped titles on upper and spine, with decorative gilt and gilt compartments on spine, pictorial endpapers.


Matthew Arnold (English).

Merope. A Tragedy.

London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1858.

Octavo.

Presentation copy Half title, 32 pages with ads at rear.

First edition.

Bound in original dark green cloth stamped in blind, titles in gilt on spine, orange endpapers; inscription from the publisher on half title, a near fine copy.


John Davidson (Scottish).

New Ballads.

London and New York: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1897.

Duodecimo.

12 pages with publisher’s ads at rear.

First edition.

Bound in original black cloth with pictorial gilt stamped titles and birds on upper, gilt titles on spine.


John Davidson (Scottish).

The Last Ballad.

London and New York: John Lane, 1899.

Duodecimo.

First edition.

Bound in original black cloth with pictorial gilt stamped titles and birds on upper, gilt titles on spine.


Henry Longfellow (American).

The Song of Hiawatha.

Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1855.

Octavo.

12 pages with ads at the rear, dated November 1855.

First edition, first issue.

"Dove” on p. 96 rather than”dive” and missing the letter “n” on p.

279 in the word “one.”

Bound in original decoratively blocked brown cloth ruled in blind, with gilt titles on spine, yellow endpapers, early bookplate on front endpaper.

Housed in a custom terra-cotta clamshell case with gilt titles on spine.


John Masefield (English).

Salt Water Ballads.

London: Grant Richards, 1902.

Octavo.

First edition, first issue of Masefield’s maritime-themed classic.

Bound in original dark blue buckram, top edge gilt.

Housed in a collector’s clamshell case with gilt titles on spine.


George Meredith (English).

Modern Love. And Poems of the English Roadside with Poems and Ballads.

London: Chapman & Hall, 1862.

Octavo.

First edition, first issue.

Bound in original green cloth ruled and stamped in blind with decorative textural boards (John Carter's "A" binding), titles in gilt on spine, yellow endpapers.

Housed in a collector’s chemise case.


Algernon Charles Swinburne (English).

Locrine. A Tragedy.

London: Chatto & Windus, 1887.

Octavo.

32 pages with publisher’s ads at the back.

First edition.

Bound in original green cloth with gilt ruled upper, titles and publisher’s motif in gilt on spine; foxing at front and back, else a near fine copy.


Walt Whitman (American).

November Boughs.

Philadelphia: David McKay, 1888 (1891).

Large octavo.

First edition, third printing made for distribution among Whitman’s friends and colleagues, with issue points, "melee" on p. 6, and "in the least," on p. 11 [Myerson].

Printed as a large paper edition of possibly 400, likely from the sheets that were, of Whitman’s original intention, meant to include the poem "Good-Bye My Fancy" but didn’t due to his failing health.

Bound in forest green cloth on bevel-edged boards with titles stamped in gilt on upper and spine, toe edge gilt, 1 p. advertisement at back.


William Butler Yeats (Irish).

The Secret Rose.

London: Lawrence & Bullen, Limited, 1897.

Octavo.

Half titles, frontispiece, with 6 illustrated plates by J.B. Yeats, titles in red and black.

Bound in original blue cloth with extra pictorial gilt boards and spine, lavishly decorated by Althea Gyles.

Literature

BAL 12112.

BAL 21430.

Myerson A13.

Hayward 271.

Tinker 1551.

Ashley 6:171.

Condition Report

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Do and Dare. Or, A Brave Boy’s Fight for Fortune.

Early ownership on front endpaper.

Dampstaining to front endpaper.


New Ballads

Early ownership facing title.


Salt Water Ballads

Early bookplate on upper pastedown.


Modern Love. And Poems of the English Roadside with Poems and Ballads.

Early bookplate on upper pastedown.


November Boughs.

Uncut pages throughout.


The Secret Rose.

Early ownership on front endpapers with some light foxing.

Feature(s)

First Edition

Language

English

Subject

Poetry, Americana

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