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16 May 2017 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Recently found this lovely book and am having a hard time finding info on this particular book, A Christmas Carol.

A:  Your book is part of the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1903-1904.

It originally came within a labeled box (see here). It is a reprint.

This format had a number of different covers. The left side with the pedestal has been seen in beige (your book), pink and blue. The latter two colors are relatively uncommon. The right half of the book has been seen with 16 different flowers. Thus, for any one title there are 48 variant covers.


14 May 2017 150

Popular Series of Famous Authors

Q:  I am interested in the value of this book. Twice Told Tales. Thank you.

A:  Your book is from Series 150 Popular Series of Famous Authors. This seven book series was published in 1893. All of the titles are reprints.

These books originally came within dust jackets.

Because the titles are reprints of a very reprinted title, they only are worth a few dollars each.


12 May 2017 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  I am trying to investigate information on a book, published by your company. The title of the book is Laddie and Miss Toosey's Mission. The actual book, in my possession, has no publication date, no author.

For reference, I have reviewed your online website. I am finding it contradictory, or perhaps it's my ignorance of book publishing. You provide the series in the Laddie Series, 1909-1909. However, there're varied references to the title, Laddie and Miss Toosey's Mission.

I read your reference/info on identifying the "series" publications. I did find the Vademecum Series, noted it as the largest of the book series. I also identified the particular book cover, used on my book (as you will note from the attached pictures) Green with a gold rose design, dated 1915.

It is not the generic light brown cover, you show in some of your referencing.

Am I close to finding out more particulars about "Laddie"?

At the rear of my book the only referral is under a listing of many books called: Altemus' Illustrated Vademecum Series. In the listings it shows as ..108 Laddie and Miss Toosey's Mission.

I have no book jacket. I have no ornamented box. In a rear book preface to other publications, in the series, it states "full cloth" and priced at forty cents.


A:  This title was published in numerous series and formats by Altemus. Your particular book is from the Vademecum Series and was published in 1915.

See: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series180.htm

This format originally came within a labeled box. See here.

It was published hundreds of times by numerous publishers from the mid 1800's on.


10 May 2017 75

Devotional Series

Q:  Would you be able to give me an approximate value of this book? Morning Thoughts. I am confused since the title page only has Henry Altemus but the back includes company. Thank you for any help.

A:  Your book is part of the Devotional Series. This 75 title series was published in nine different formats between 1895 and 1933.

Most likely an old title page was used for this volume.

None of the titles in this series are especially collectible/valuable.


08 May 2017 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  Is this book worth anything? It's a little less than six inches high and does have a few missing pages. Letters, Sentences and Maxims by Lord Chesterfield

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series. It is a reprint (as are all the titles in this series) and was published in 1895.

See http://henryaltemus.com/series/series179.htm for more info.

It only has nominal value.


05 May 2017 181

Valenciennes Series

Q:  Hello,

Attached are a couple of pictures. I am having issues dating this book (Undine). When I searched for the title nothing came up and this title did not come up under the author's name either. on your site. Any information would be great!

Thank you.


A:  Your book is part of the Valenciennes Series and was published in 1897. It is a reprint as are all the titles in this series.

See: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series181.htm

These books originally came within a labeled box.


24 Apr 2017 186

Wee Books for Wee Folks (Platt and Munk reprints)

Q:  I am searching for a bit more information on books that were my Mother's when she was a child. I tried searching on Ebay and Biblio, but could only find a few books from varying series.

What I have:
All four Wee Books from Set No. 1. (Tale of Peter Rabbit, Peter Rabbit Went To Sea, Peter Rabbit at the Farm, Peter Rabbit's Christmas)
Two books from Set No. 7.
Two books from Set No. 8.
Four books from Set No. or Series No. 126.
And, one book entitled, 'Peter Rabbit and the Little Girl'.

Each book is in excellent condition. In fact, I'm not sure they've ever been read or looked through.


A:  These books are reprints of the original Altemus Wee Books for Wee Folks volumes. Altemus published these little books in several series between 1904 and 1933. Platt and Munk reprinted a number of titles in beginning in 1935. The reprints and the Altemus originals came with dust jackets. The reprints also came in labeled boxes. A Platt and Munk box is shown here.

For more information see: http://henryaltemus.com/reprints/platt.html


22 Apr 2017 176

Trevose Series

Q:  I was wondering if you could tell me the age of my little copy of The King of the Golden River. It is a very plain cover, which looks like none of the others on your site save A Shropshire Lad.

Thank you for any information you can give me.


A:  Your book is part of the seven volume Trevose Series. These reprints were published between 1915 and 1933 and originally came boxed.

A representative series picture is shown here: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series176.htm

There is no point that distinguishes an early printing from a later printing.


20 Apr 2017 137

One Syllable Series

Q:  I was wondering if you would know how much these books were worth (general ball park). The Swiss family Robinson was copyright in 1900 by Henry Altemus.
The Gulliver's Travels copyright in 1899 by Henry Altemus.
If you could help I would appreciate it. Thank you.


A:  Both of these books are part of the One Syllable Series. This 12 book series had four formats and this is format #2. The format 3 books were published between 1900 and 1908. They originally came with a dust jacket. (see here) In mediocre condition without a dust jacket they only have nominal value.


12 Apr 2017 150

Popular Series of Famous Authors

Q:  Greetings,
I came across your website in a search for info about a book that has been passed down through my husbandís family. It is an edition of Drummond's Addresses, with 8 stories. Approximate measurement is 4-1/2 x 6 inches. A handwritten inscription reads "To Lizzie from Alice. Christmas 1893."

I've attached photos. Can you tell me anything about this book? I didn't see this particular cover on your website. Is there any resale value?


A:  This book belongs to the seven title Series #150 Popular Series of Famous Authors. This titles previously had been published as a non series book. This is the only Altemus series that uses this particular left sided cover decoration. These books originally had dust jackets.

For more information see: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series150.htm.


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