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10 Feb 2018 45

Beautiful Stories Series

Q:  What would you value this book? The First Christmas

A:  This book is part of the ten volume Beautiful Stories Series. This volume is from Format 4 of 6 formats and originally came with a dust jacket. These titles were first published in 1906 and reprinted many times into the 1920s.


08 Feb 2018 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  I have a old book that says published in 1898... Titled "What is Art" do you know anything of this one?
Strange thing is ... There's a pic of a little girl in the back, that appears to be a sketch .. But she has period clothing on and hair was on shoulders and curly.. Big bow in it.. Holding an umbrella?


A:  Your book was published in 1899 as part of the Petit Trianon Series. During this year the volumes in this series all had the same decoration on the left part of the front cover. On the right half there were numerous decorative patterns seen. All the books within this series are reprints. They were originally sold within a labeled box. (See here)


13 Jan 2018 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Looking for info on this book, Allegories of the Heart, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Any info you can offer would be much appreciated. Thanks!

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1905-1906.

It originally came within a labeled box. An example is here.

It is a reprint with nominal value only.


23 Dec 2017

Non Series #64 Grimm's Fairy Tales

Q:  I believe that this book was published in 1888 w/Grimm's Goblins. Inside are ten beautiful illustrations. There is an introduction by John Ruskin but no publication date, etc.

It is in excellent condition. Can you give me the estimated value of this book?


A:  Your book was published in 1918. Henry Altemus Co - Non Series #64

Without the dust jacket, even in nice condition, it is worth less than $20.

Shown here is the other 1918 format.


21 Dec 2017 163

Sanspareil Series

Q:  A Wonder Book. Nathaniel Hawthorne. Illustrated. No publication date. Inscribed with Mary Brooks signature, class of Reduman S. S. Ephiphany 1900. Miss Banks Class.

A:  Your book was published in 1899 as part of the Sanspareil Series. This is the cover pattern for all of the 110 titles of this year. All of the volumes are reprints.
Henry Altemus Company - Sanspareil Series 163
The covers have been seen in several colors and originally this book came with a dust jacket. See here.


19 Dec 2017 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  Could you please tell me what year this book was out on the shelfs and what the value might be?

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1897. All of the titles in this series are reprints and originally came within a labeled box.

Your book only has nominal value.

The covers have been seen with various colors.


17 Dec 2017 101

Grolier Series

Q:  Hello, I was wondering if you could give me any info on this copy of THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM. Any info would be help full I believe it's cover is suede?

A:  The Grolier Series is a 28 volume group of ooze-calf covered titles. They are all reprints which were published by Altemus in 1904.

Green, brown and red color covers have been seen. These books originally came within a labeled box.


15 Dec 2017 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  I hope you can help with the date of a recent Henry Altemus edition of the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. I've attached pics of the cover (2) & inside page. The copyright date page shows 1895 by Henry Altemus.
Any light you can throw on this will be appreciated.


A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series. This publisher’s series contained only reprinted titles.
Your book was published in 1896. During that year this was the cover pattern although different color covers have been seen. See here.


13 Dec 2017 57

Boys and Girls Classics

Q:  Was wondering if you could tell me a bit about this edition of Black Beauty? Thanks for your time.

A:  Your book is part of the Boys and Girls Classics Series. Henry Altemus Company - Boys and Girls Classics (new) Series 57

This series of fifteen reprints was published between 1908 and 1926. The internal text and title page comes from the plates of Young People’s Library books.

The cover is a linen swatch. For more about the linen swatches see the webpage for this series.


11 Dec 2017 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  Any information about this book would be appreciated. The Vicar of Wakefield

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1894. This publisher’s series of reprints generally had a different cover each year. This is the 1894 cover.

These books have been seen in a number of different colors. See here.


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