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The Workman Collection

Various Authors

Collection of Detective Fiction Including The Mystery of Metropolisville and The Devil's Chain

1876 - 1913

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The Workman Collection

Group of seven first editions of detective fiction.

  • Sold as a set of 7.

Edward Bellamy (American).

Looking Backward 2000-1887.

Boston: Ticknor and Company, 1888.


Includes publisher’s ad preceding the title with imprint of J.J. Arakelyan on copyright.

Bound in original green cloth, titles and publisher’s monogram stamped in black and gilt on upper cover, titles in black with pictorial gilt motif on spine.

Housed in a custom slipcase.

E.C. Bentley (English).

Trent’s Last Case.

London: Thomas Nelson and Son, 1913.


Includes full color frontispiece.

Bound in original blue cloth elaborately stamped in blind, spine gilt-lettered, pictorial endpapers.

Guy Boothby (Australian).

Illustrations by Sydney Cowell (English).

Dr. Nikola’s Experiment.

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1899.


Frontispiece and 20 illustrations.

Bound in original green cloth, cover and spine pictorially stamped in black, blue, and light green, gilt-lettered.

Guy Boothby (Australian).

Illustrations by by Harold Piffard (English). 

My Strangest Case.

London: Ward, Lock & Co., 1902.


Frontispiece and 7 illustrations.

4 pages of ads at rear. 

Bound in original blue cloth, cover and spine elaborately blocked in gilt and green with snake motif.

Ellis Parker Butler (American).

Illustrations by Rea Irvin (American).

Philo Gubb. Correspondence School Detective.

Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1918.


Half-title, frontispiece with 20 black and white illustrations throughout.

Bound in original yellow cloth, pictorially stamped and lettered in black.

Housed in a custom slipcase. 

Edward Eggleston (South African).

Illustrations by Frank Beard (American).

The Mystery of Metropolisville.

New York: Orange Judd and Company, 1873.


Frontispiece with 13 illustrations by throughout.

4 pages publisher’s advertisements at the rear.

Bound in publisher's green ribbed cloth, spine elaborately gilt-lettered, brown coated endpapers;

Housed in a custom slipcase.  

Edward Jenkins M.P. (English).

The Devil’s Chain.

London: Strahan & Co., 1876.



Bound in original red cloth, cover and spine elaborately blocked in black and gilt, brown coated endpapers.


BAL 5103.

Sadleir 1320.

BAL 956.

Condition Report

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Trent’s Last Case

Slightly cocked.


Dr. Nikola’s Experiment

Minor shelfwear.

My Strangest Case

Edges foxed.


Philo Gubb. Correspondence School Detective.

Half-title and frontispiece creased.

Very minor soiling.

The Mystery of Metropolisville

A few stray spots. 

Minor shelfwear.

Ownership signature to front free endpaper.

The Devil’s Chain

A few stray spots.

Edges foxed.


First Edition




Detective fiction, Novels

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