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28 Nov 2015 202

Young People's Library, Format 1

Q:  Your web page is fascinating!

I have the following book. I am less interested in getting money for it, more interested in getting it to someone who could use it. If you have any idea of how to do that I would love to know. Based on the Q&A on your page, I suspect it has a pretty small audience.

A Child's Life of Christ 208 pages.
Series 202 Young peoples Library
Spine Format 1

Blank first page (stuff written in red pen)
Second page blank on front with picture of Jesus on the flip side

I have included pictures of the Cover, Title, and Copyright pages. I think it is probably the 1897/1898 version if I followed your descriptions correctly.

4 pages of ads in the back starting with Robinson Crusoe, ending with Grandfather's Chair.

A:  As you guessed, there is very little interest in this book. You could list it on Ebay with a low price and see if anyone wants it. Beyond that I have no suggestions.

26 Nov 2015 202

Young People's Library

Q:  I've got a question which may be either specific or general; I don't know. I'm looking at the Altemus edition of Black Beauty from, I think, 1902 (from scans at The Internet Archive, not the physical book), though the ads at the front confuse us by saying "Copyright 1897".

Question: Was there an Altemus house illustrator? Who did the almost-fifty pictures? I can't find an illustrator's name anywhere in the book, but I also don't see any other editions with the same pictures. The cover definitely looks more like 1902 than 1897.

A:  The copyright date is only indicative of when Altemus started publishing this particular version/format. It is not necessarily the publication date.

If you do not have the book, then determining the exact is difficult. With the book in hand it is quite easy.

See: http://www.henryaltemus.com/ypl/index.htm to start.

Altemus generally "borrowed" the pictures it used from other sources.

I have seen several different frontispiece color illustrations in the Black Beauty Books. The internal illustrations appear to be the same between the various Young People Library editions.

Let me know how I can help you further.

23 Nov 2015 186

Wee Books for Wee Folks

Q:  Attached are photos of a Wee Book that I'm interested in selling - inside cover is blue in case it doesn't come through on the photo.
Can you give me some information. Alice Through the Looking Glass

A:  Your book is part of the Wee Books for Wee Folks Series.

The third format (this book) with the appliqué picture on the front cover includes all of the titles in the series. The dust jacket matched the front cover of the book. (shown here)

There were two Alice books. This one and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Both were published in 1926. The blue endpapers were noted between 1923 and 1926.

These are very collectible books and with a dust jacket could sell for as much as $100. Without, $10-50 is not unreasonable.

This book is much scarcer that the Young People's Library formats of the same title which are frequently listed for more than $100. (Although they seldom sell for more than a fraction of the listing price).

21 Nov 2015 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  I've got a Copy of 'Tales From Shakespeare' by Lamb that doesn't fit the websites information. I would just like to know the actual publication date.

A:  This book was published in 1896 as part of the Vademecum Series.

It is clearly shown on the website at http://www.henryaltemus.com/series/series179.htm.

The titles in this series are all reprints and originally were sold within a labeled box. Other color covers have been seen. See here.

19 Nov 2015 47

Beauxarts Series

Q:  Please help me understand what I have here thank you I appreciate your time and consideration.

A:  You have a reprint that was published in 1898 as part of the Beauxarts Series.

Most of the volumes in this series have only nominal value. Certain titles (Alice in Wonderland for example) are more widely collected and may bring a bit of a premium.

16 Nov 2015 69

Classics Series

Q:  Hi- I have picked up a small book by this company titled Paradise Regained and it also has Samson Agonistes in it. It doesn't have any publishing date and was wondering where I can find more information.

A:  This book is part of the Classics Series / Slip in the Pocket Series and was published between 1909 and the mid teens. It originally came with a dust jacket. A representative jacket is shown here.

It is a reprint.

14 Nov 2015 141

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Thank you so much for be willing to share your time and expertise. It is much appreciated.

A:  Your book is part of the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1895-1896. It originally was published within a labeled box.

During these years the books of this series had a stereotyped left cover pattern and one of numerous designs on the right half of the cover. Some examples are shown here.

It is a reprint with nominal value.

12 Nov 2015 48

Beauxarts Series

Q:  I found this book while cleaning out today. A Christmas Carol. Cannot find a publish date. Some of the pages in the back are falling out.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.

A:  Your book is part of the Beauxarts Series. This title, as all of the books in this series, is a reprint. It was published between 1899 and 1901 and was originally sold within a labeled box.

The volumes of this format have been seen in several different colors. Examples are shown here.

10 Nov 2015 127

Love and Friendship Series

Q:  Hello my name is Telzey. I recently found this book. I dont believe it has much value. (Please correct me if wrong). can you tell me about this book Rip Van Winkle.

A:  This book is part of the Love and Friendship Series and was published in 1901-1904 era. It is a reprint as are all of the titles in this series.

Originally it came with a dust jacket. An example is shown here.

04 Nov 2015 185

Wee Books for Wee Folks

Q:  Can you give me an idea of the value of this book (Peter Rabbit)? Publication date of 1904. Thanks.

A:  One of the most well known of the Henry Altemus titles is the first American edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. It was part of the Wee Books for Wee Folks Series and was published in 1904. This book / edition was part of a two book boxed set. The other book was The Foolish Fox.

Your book is the second American edition, published later in 1904. This book originally came with a dust jacket which matched the front cover of the volume. Sometime between 1908 and 1912 the front cover color was changed to beige. This latter book is the second printing of the second edition. It was published in this format until 1917.

For more information see http://www.henryaltemus.com/peter_rabbit/peterrabbit.htm

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