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10 Sep 2017 175

Three Volume Sets Series

Q:  Hi. I saw your blog and thought you might be able to help. I have a book by Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is “Essays, First Series.” It was published by Henry Altemus, and the stated date is 1894. I can’t find this particular printing anywhere. Can you tell me anything about it? Thanks so much!

A:  Your book is from the "Three Volume Sets" Series. It was published in 1894.

It originally came in a labeled box with two other titles. See here.

For more info about this series see: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series175.htm

In this shape it has no monetary value.


08 Sep 2017 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  No date?

A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series. This series changed the cover year by year. This cover was published in 1897 and was seen in numerous colors. See:Henry Altemus Company - Vademecum Series (early numbering) 179

It was originally sold within a labeled box. See here for an example.


06 Sep 2017 188

Wee Folks Cinderella Series

Q:  Can you please tell me the value of this book? Jack and the Bean-Stalk

A:  This book is part of the ten volume Wee Folks Cinderella Series. All of the books are reprints and originally came with dust jackets (see here). It originally was published in 1923 and then reprinted many times over the next ten years. In this shape this book has no monetary value.


04 Sep 2017 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  I have this book I found in a house I bought. I don't seem to find it anywhere online. Can you tell me if this is something I should safeguard? Bacon's Essays

A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1896. All of the titles in this series are reprints. This book which has a not very collectible title, has nominal value only.


02 Sep 2017 158

Riviere Series

Q:  Could you tell us the value of this "Old Christmas" Riviere series?

A:  This volume is part of a publisher's series (Riviera Series) of 87 titles, all of which are reprints, and was published in 1901. These books originally came with dust jackets. Because this book is a reprint of a not very collectible title, it only has nominal value. A picture of representative dust jacket is shown on the series page.


31 Aug 2017 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  To whom it may concern,
I have recently come across this book and was wondering what the price is. Please take a look and give me a price quote. Poems by Edgar Allen Poe


A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series. It is a reprint and was published in 1895. During this year a number of different color covers were printed. Poe collectors may be interested at about $10 but probably not much more.


29 Aug 2017 141

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Attached is a photo of a book of Poems by your company by Edgar Allan Poe. Dated 1895 with hand written inscription on Christmas of 1986 "love from Nell". Your website said to send a photo of cover of book.

A:  This book is part of the Petit Trianon Series. This publisher's series of reprints was printed between 1895-1910. Every year or two the cover of the titles within the series was changed. This cover was published in 1896. Several cover color variations have been seen.


22 Aug 2017 125

Little Men and Women Series

Q:  Dear Henry Altemus Expert,

What an amazing website you have put together! Such dedication.

I'm writing because I have a copy of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass that matches your Little Men and Women Series, Number 125, #3.

The cover has a fair amount of soil on it and the hinge is quite loose, and there are two people that have written their name on the free end paper in pencil, and then erased it. Can you tell me if there's any value to this book?


A:  Between 1907 and 1925 this title was published with the same cover picture with several different color combinations. It is a combination book which contains two stories by Lewis Carroll.

Alice collectors are always looking for different formats of this title. Thus, a value of $25 or more is not unreasonable.

Several dust jackets were seen during the course of this series' life.


15 Aug 2017 131

Mother Goose Series

Q:  Hello, Attached is the front cover of this book that I recently acquired. Beauty and the Beast

I have looked for similar pictures on your website but could not find the same book.

The book itself is in excellent shape. The DJ is in pieces though.

Could you estimate a value for me as well?


A:  Your book is part of the twelve book Mother Goose Series. It is a format 3 title from this series and was published after 1911.

With a jacket these books generally sell in the range of $15-20. With a tattered jacket it will sell for a bit less.


06 Aug 2017 186

Wee Books for Wee Folks Series

Q:  Hi there, I've recently come into possession of a copy of The Robber Kitten. I was wondering if you could perhaps date this publication for me, or at least help me narrow down the publication period for me. I don't really expect it will be worth all that much, simply because the dust jacket is so ratty, but I just kind of wanted to do some further research into the book for myself. Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated, thanks for taking the time to read my message.

A:  Your book is from Format 3 of the Wee Books for Wee Folks Series. Based on the listing of titles on the back of the jacket it is 1920 book.

Henry Altemus Company - Wee Books for Wee Folks (third format) 186

Value is hard to say. The dust jacket is in tough shape- maybe $20 or so.


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