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11 Feb 2014 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hello, I am curious to know if my book has any value.

Info I know...Kidnapped copyright 1898 by Altemus Publishing Philadelphia: series 101.

Any information will be helpful...


A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series-Series #180 and was published in 1899. It originally came within a labeled box.

Since this is a reprint of a common title, it has little value.


10 Feb 2014 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hello. I've enjoyed the time I've spent reading different sections of your website. Had no idea the best story behind my purchase today would not be the novel or the author but the bookbinder/publisher! The only cover photo I could find in your gallery of this title was found in the #37 series. I've learned elsewhere that it was published a year after the rights became public domain but wondered if you could offer some more information on this particular edition given its cover and publishing date? Uncle Tom's Cabin

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1894. (Book #27)

It originally was published with a labeled box.

The Vademecum Series consists of numerous reprints of fiction, essays, poetry, etc by many different authors. During 1894 this particular cover was published in a number of different colors.

The website only shows representative copies of each format. Thus, not every title is shown with every format. Since some formats have more than 150 titles, to show each one would be nearly (if not) impossible.


09 Feb 2014 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  I have a question about this book that I found in my mother’s collection: it’s an “Illustrated Vademecum Series” reprint of Tennyson’s In Memoriam. I read from other pages on your site that in this series, books were published essentially every year, and that the covers varied yearly. Upon examining your tables, the closest I could come to an accurate date for my book was the 1899-1926 range. I saw another user’s book, however, that was not “In Memoriam,” but that had a very similar cover design to mine; his was from 1901-2. So my question is this: is my book, too, from this same year? If not, when is it from? From your information about how the publisher was cited, my book’s “Henry Altemus Company” tells me that it is from after 1900, I believe.

A:  Actually your book is part of the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1903-1904. It is a reprint and originally came with a labeled box.

The 1903 books had a stereotyped pedestal picture on the left side of the cover. This left cover design has been seen in blue, pink and beige. Some 1903 books were published with the same pedestal on the left but they were in ooze calf.

The cloth books have one of sixteen different flowers on the right of the cover.

A lot of Altemus books which are not Vademecum books have the Vademecum Series listed in the ads in the back of the book.

This particular book in this format is not that common but scarcity and value do not necessarily go hand in hand. Because it is not a very collectible book, it has very limited value.


08 Feb 2014 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hi there, I could not find this exact book (Uncle Tom's Cabin). I found one that is green the same picture dated I guess in 1901.
Can you tell me when this book was published and what the value of this book today?


A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1902. Originally this book came in a labeled box. All of the books in this series are reprints.

The 1902 books have been seen with a number of different color covers. More than 40 different pictures have been seen on the cover.

For more information see ../vademecum.htm.

It only has nominal value.


06 Feb 2014 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Would like info on this book (Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin), please.

A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1899. It originally came within a labeled box.

The 1899 books of this series have been seen with many different colors. See series page.

Your book is a reprint as are all of the books of this large publisher's series.
It has only nominal value.


05 Feb 2014 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  To whom it may concern:
I am very interested in finding out more about this copy of Discourses of Epictetus. It seems to be a copy designed for women and I am wondering if it was part of a larger series. I have attached some pictures. The book is in very good condition.


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

It originally was published with a labeled box. This series is made up of reprints of various essays, poetry, fiction, etc.


27 Jan 2014 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hello, I have a book of Phillips Brooks Addresses. I have attached photos. Would it be possible to give me a date range and approx. value for this little book?

A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1896. It originally came within a labeled box. It is a reprint. Since the title is not widely sought after, it only has nominal value.

As with most books in this series, the covers came in a variety of colors.


26 Jan 2014 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  I have this book and was wondering its value. In His Steps

A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1915. It is a reprint of a title that is not widely collected. Thus, it only has nominal value. It originally came within a labeled box. A picture of a box is shown here.


25 Jan 2014 74

Dainty Series

Q:  I have had this book since 1977, and would like to know its monetary value please. Thank you. Copyright is 1900 by the Henry Altemus Company, Philadelphia. The Voyage of the Mary Adair

A:  Your book is part of the Dainty Series. This series was published between 1899 and 1909 and had five different formats. This book is part of the 5th format and therefore it was published at the end of this series' run in 1909. Without a dust jacket this book has little value.

Even the earlier editions in jacket do not draw much interest. The earlier formats are shown on the series page for interest. Format 1 includes only Volume 1 of this series- thus, there is no format 1 for this book as it is #6 in the series.


23 Jan 2014 48

Beauxarts Series

Q:  I have had this book (Weird Tales) for many years and cant find a publishing date but think because of the cover, am guessing it was published between 1899-1901 . Also was wondering if there is any value to this book. Thank you for any insight you can provide.

A:  You are correct about the publication date. Your book is from the Beauxarts Series and was published between 1899 and 1901.

It is a reprint and in great shape would only be worth a few dollars. In poor shape, it will be hard to sell at any price.


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