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03 Oct 2016 137

One-Syllable Series

Q:  Can you help me with this book? I could not find it on your site. A Child's Story of the New Testament

It says 'copyright 1909' by Howard E. Altemus just prior to the contents page. After reading recent posts I'm thinking it has no value but would like to hear it from an expert.

A:  Your book is part of the One-Syllable series and is pictured here: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series137.htm

The One-Syllable Series contains 12 books and was first published in 1899. There are four formats in this series and your book is part of Format 4.

These latter books were published in the teens.

The book pictured does not have a very collectible title and without a dust jacket (shown here) only has nominal value.

24 Sep 2016 75

Devotional Series

Q:  Just wondering what I have here. Gold Dust. I find no dates, but the back lists several books at prices from $.40 to $.50!

A:  Your book is part of the Devotional Series. All of the titles in this series are reprints. It was published sometime between 1901-1904.

It was originally sold within a labeled box.

21 Sep 2016 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  This book belonged to my great grandfather. What is the current value, if any, as it is being passed on to family members? Greatly appreciated.
The Crucifixion of Philip Strong

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series.

This series contains a group of books, all unrelated, that are reprints. Each year or so Altemus would reprint these titles with a new decorative cover.

Your book was published in 1900. It originally came within a labeled box. It only has nominal value.

19 Sep 2016 75

Devotional Series

Q:  I have been on your site numerous times trying to send you an email regarding a book donated to our library which does not have a publication/copyright date. Can you help me determine the monetary value of this book? Any assistance you can could provide would be much appreciated.

The name of the book is Abide in Christ: Thoughts on the Blessed Life of the Fellowship with the Son of God by Rev. Andrew Murray.

I've attached a picture of the cover of this book with this email (the date of Sept. 2016 refers to the month I sent this email to you NOT the publication date.)

A:  Your book is part of the Devotional Series. It was published in about 1907 and originally came within a labeled box.

It is a reprint and has only nominal value.

17 Sep 2016 202

Young People's Library Format 3

Q:  Just trying to get a worth on its version of you can help with that. A Child's Garden of Verses

A:  This book is part of the Young People's Library. Format 3 books were published from 1902-1923. All the the titles in this series are reprints.

This book without a dust jacket has little, if any, value. See http://henryaltemus.com/blog/?p=1553.

15 Sep 2016 58

Boys and Girls Classics

Q:  I'm interested in finding out more about this book. Tanglewood Tales

A:  This book is part of the Boys and Girls Classics Series.

This series had two formats. One with decorative gold gilt within the rectangular boxes on the front cover. One without those gold gilt decorations. (See here)

These book are all reprints and were published between 1899-1906. On the website there is a flow chart which can help you date your book.

They originally came within a labeled box.

01 Sep 2016 131

Mother Goose Series

Q:  While preparing for a garage sale my wife came across this book published by the Henry Altemus Company of Philadelphia. The "Puss in Boots and Other Stories" is in relatively good condition (an amateurs opinion). Although there is no copyright date on it there is an inscription from my wife's Great Grand Mother to her daughter dated December 25, 1903.

Any help or direction you can lend in determining its approximate value would be appreciated.

A:  Your book is part of the Mother Goose Series.

The red coloring on the left half off the cover indicates it is from the first format of this series and based on the inscription, a 1903 or 1904 publication. The stories and contents were reprinted from previously published works. It originally came with a dust jacket.

Collectors would consider your book to be in fair condition without any value. What someone might pay at a garage sale is hard to know.

30 Aug 2016 150

Popular Series of Famous Authors

Q:  I found this book in a thrift store. "The House of the Seven Gables" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Published 1893. Could you tell me anything about it? Thank you.

A:  Your book is part of the "Popular Series of Famous Authors".

It is a late reprint and was published in 1893.

In this shape it has no monetary value.

22 Aug 2016 58

Boys and Girls Classics

Q:  Hi! Picture of my book. Any idea of value? Tales From Shakspeare

A:  Your book is part of the Boys and Girls Classics Series. This series was published between 1899 and 1906. All the titles are reprints and originally came within a labeled box (see here).

Except for a few very desirable titles, these books only have nominal value.

19 Aug 2016 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Can you identify the publishing date for this "Black Beauty" book? Is there any value to it?

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1903. More than 40 different appliqués were used on the front cover of the books of this format.

These books originally came within a labeled box. See here.

This book is a reprint and only has nominal value.

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