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22 Mar 2017 58

Boys and Girls Classics

Q:  My wife recently found a copy of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol for me at a bookstore in Raleigh, North Carolina, and I'm interested in knowing an approximate date of publication. Attached are pictures of the cover, binding, and the inside plate, which holds the only publishing information.

The book is obviously in poor condition, but I'm fascinated by the little tome. =)

The publisher given is "Henry Altemus Company", but there are no dates anywhere inside.

I couldn't find a picture of this particular volume on your website, and there are no dates that I can find in the volume, although there may be some front matter pages missing.


A:  This book is part of the 40 volume Boys and Girls Classics Series. All of the titles are reprints and were published between 1899 and 1906. Each book originally was sold within a labeled box.

Your book can be found here: http://www.henryaltemus.com/series/series58.htm
Information about dating your book is on this page.


20 Mar 2017 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  I came across this book but I can't find a date on it or info on value anywhere. Can you please help me out?? Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series was published in 1895-1896. All of the titles in this series are reprints. This format appeared in a number of different color covers during its short print run. Some examples are shown here.


18 Mar 2017 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  I wonder when was this book of "Adventures of a Brownie" published? It belonged to my foster mother who was born in 1894. I looked at many sources without any luck. Thank you.

A:  Your book is part of the publisher’s Vademecum Series and was printed in 1907. It is a reprint as are all of the titles in this series. The appliqué on the front cover is one of more than 40 possible pictures, many of which could be combined to make larger pictures. See: http://henryaltemus.com/vademecum.htm

This format originally came within a labeled box.


12 Mar 2017 115

La Belle Fleur Series

Q:  I recently came across a find (Fanchon) at a local rummage sale and can not seem to find much information on it. I believe it's from the L'Art Nouveau Series as the cover seems to be the same, but your website is the only one with information on these books and it seems to be a mystery to everyone! I would love to hear your take on it and what you think. Do I have a one of a kind? Please observe the attached photos and I would love to hear back from you.

A:  Your book is from the La Belle Fleur Series and was published in 1901. See: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series115.htm

This series is one of the less common Altemus Publisher’s series. The covers have been seen in a number of different colors.

But all the titles in this series are reprints and unless the title is a very collectible one, the value (without a dust jacket) is minimal.

A picture of the dust jacket is shown here.


25 Feb 2017 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hello, I was researching an Altemus book (Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin) on this site, and believe it may be a listed (38 in the first series listed) example, but without a picture. As you can see, the cover is in poor condition, but the pages are all there, with the portrait (frontispiece) being the only detached page. Am I correct to conclude that this is a pre-1897 example? How rare is it? Can you give me any indication of value?

A:  Unfortunately you misidentified your book. It is actually part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1915.

It is pictured here: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series180.htm. It originally came within a labeled box. See here.

It is a reprint. In great shape it might be worth a couple of dollars. In this condition it has no monetary value.


14 Feb 2017 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  My mother gave me a Treasure Island book. Would you please let me know the year it was printed and the value. Here are a few pictures of the book.

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1896.

It is a reprint and worth a few dollars.


12 Feb 2017 82

Ever New Series

Q:  Can you help me with a copyright date for this book? Black Beauty

A:  Your books is part of the 16 volume Ever New Series and was published in 1915. The first Altemus publication of this title was in 1896 but it was published by other firms previously. All of the Altemus copies of this title are reprints.

The books of this series are identical to the same titles in the Young People’s Library except these books are a bit larger and have the decorative pattern at the base off the front cover. They are much scarcer also.

Here is the same title in the Young People’s Library -Format 3.


10 Feb 2017 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  What can you tell me about the attached book (Emerson's Essays) – date of publication, series, value, etc. Thanks very much.

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1901.

It it a reprint and was originally sold within a labeled box.

Because it is a print of a not very collectible title, it has only nominal value.


08 Feb 2017 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hi I have the book Line Upon Line, it appears to be very old. It has a copyright stamp of 1897 by Henry Altemus. Just wondering if you could tell me if it's worth anything? Or maybe you could direct me to someone that may know about this book.

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1900.

It originally was sold within a labeled box. It is a reprint.

This book is worth maybe a couple of dollars.


18 Jan 2017 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  I have this Black Beauty book it has written inside by the owner the date August 7, '05. And I'm 100% sure it's not 2005 as the book has been in my family as long as I can remember and I'm 80. After looking through your identifications I do not find the exact cover. There is no published date inside and the last pages are listings of publications. I think I'm safe in assuming the book has no monetary value as it appears that many and varied books were printed for all titles. But am curious as to its published date. It's a cute little book.

A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series and is a reprint as are all of the Vademecum Series’ titles. It was published in 1905-1906. Four different flower patterns have been noted as appliqués’. This year’s books have been seen with various colors and originally came boxed. See here.


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