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17 Sep 2015 47

Beauxarts Series

Q:  Worth of 1895 copy of Oliver Wendel Holmes Poems. Good condition. (Disregard stamp.) Thanks.

A:  This book was published in 1897 as part of the Beauxarts Series. It is a reprint of a not very collectible title and thus has only nominal value.

05 Sep 2015 47

Beauxarts Series

Q:  Hello, I was wondering if you could provide me with more info on this copy of Treasure Island. Thank you for your time.

A:  Your book was published in 1897 as part of the Beauxarts Series.

The 1897 books in this series were published with a number of different color covers. See here.

It is a reprint and only has nominal value.

01 Sep 2015 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  I've found this book (J. Cole) & not finding it on your site. I would love to have more information on it, at least a date. I'd be grateful for any information you can give though.

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1900. It is a reprint and only has nominal value.

In 1900 his format was published in a number of different color covers. Some are shown here.

20 Aug 2015 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  This book has no copyright page. Can you tell me the date of my book? The Song of Hiawatha

A:  This book is part of the Petit Trianon Series. This particular cover was published in 1903-1904. During these two years the left half of the cover pictured a pedestal with the title above it. On the right half of the cover was one of sixteen different flowers.

The titles in this series are all reprints and came within a labeled box originally (see here).

14 Aug 2015 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  When was this book published?

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series. This cover format was published in 1897.

All of the titles in this series are reprints. In 1897 the cover had a stereotypical design but the volumes were published in numerous different colors. Some are shown here.

12 Aug 2015 87

Favorite Series

Q:  Dear Sirs; Looking to your website in identification of an Altemus book I recently uncovered in an attic box at an estate sale a copy of an Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It doesn't quite match the covers I've seen before for any of the formats of the young people's library formats. The copyright gives 1896 and it displays the binding style of format 1 but the cover I have not seen before. Book is in excellent shape, a solid piece. Found in the manner it was and my familiarity as a collector I cannot believe it is a reproduction or other. Can you please identify?

A:  Your book is part of the Favorite Series. It is a Format 1 style and was published in 1900-1901.

The text of the book is identical to the Young People's Library text and why Altemus published this (and many other) titles in multiple series simultaneously is unclear.

The books of this series all came with dust jackets initially.

Although not rare, the volumes of this series are much less commonly found than those in the Young People's Library.

10 Aug 2015 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  This is an 1895 printing of “Idylls of the King.” On the inside front cover, someone has written their name and the year 1896. Can you tell me what this is worth?

A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1895.

All of the books in this series are reprints.

Since this is not a very collectible title and because it is in poor shape, it will be hard to sell at any price.

08 Aug 2015 186

Wee Books for Wee Folks

Q:  I read your information on the Internet about these books and am sending you these pictures to see if you can tell me their approximate value. All three books have the blue endpapers. The Foolish Fox, Mother Goose Nursery Tales, The Robber Kitten

A:  This series of little (5.5' x 4.5") books was published in three formats. The third format (pictured here) which has an appliqué picture placed on a stereotypical line drawn illustrated cover had 37 titles. The dust jackets matched the front covers.

The endpapers can be used to date the book. Blue endpapers were found in volumes published between 1923 and 1926. See sample picture here.

This format was published between 1917 and 1931. http://www.henryaltemus.com/series/series186.htm
The series first two formats were published between 1904-1917. ../series/series185.htm

The value of the books is dictated by the particular title, condition, presence of a dust jacket, etc. These three titles are not especially collectible and thus have limited value.

06 Aug 2015 92

Gem Series

Q:  Dear Sir/Madam,
I am a volunteer at my local library and this book was donated in a book drive for re-sale with proceeds going to the library. Can you provide any information about this book? The book is bound in what appears to be lined calfskin. 237 pages. Pictures attached. The Lady of the Lake

A:  Your book is part of the Gem Series and was published in 1913-1914.The limp velvet calf has been seen in brown or green. It originally came within a labeled box.

This title is a reprint.

05 Aug 2015 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  I have attached scans of the cover and copyright pages of three books. Any help you can give me regarding the value and/or authenticity of these books would be greatly appreciated. Please advise. Uncle Tom's Cabin

A:  This book was published in 1894 as part of the Vademecum Series. This long running publisher's series included only titles that are reprints. During 1894 the first 27 titles were published in a series that eventually would have more than 100 titles.

In 1894 this cloth cover was published in a number of different colors. Some are shown here.

Your book has nominal value.

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