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14 Dec 2013 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hello. I found this book (Poe's Weird Tales) among my grandmother's things and am wondering if it has any value. It is marked copyrighted 1895 by Henry Altemus. Thank you for any information you may be able to give me.

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1896. It is a reprint which originally came within a labeled box.

There is quite a bit of collector's interest in books by Poe. So even though it is a reprint, it may have some value. Determining that value is probably best done by an auction like Ebay.


09 Dec 2013 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hi. I was wondering how much this book is worth if it is worth anything at all. It's A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne.

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1903. It originally was sold in a labeled box. Here is an example of the box.

During 1903, more than 40 pictures have been seen on the cover. Numerous colored covers were published. The book is a reprint and only has nominal value.


08 Dec 2013 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Could you folks give a publishing date for this book (Emerson's Essays). The title page states first series. Thanks.

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

During this year any one of more than 40 paste-on pictures have been seen on the cover. This cover was published in a number of different colors. It was originally sold with a labeled box.


07 Dec 2013 202

Young People's Library

Q:  My father just passed away and I found this book (Exploration and Discovery in the Frozen Seas) amongst his belongings and I was wondering about this book due to its age and the little research I did online about it. Can you shed some light on it?

A:  Your book is part of the Young People's Library. This series was published from 1895 to 1933. This book is part of Format 1 which was published between 1895 and 1898. Each format has a characteristic spine decoration. The Format 1 spine is shown here.
The Format 1 books with this title have been seen with two different cover illustrations and in several different colors. They are shown on the series page. The edition of your book can be determined by examining the ads in the front and the back and looking at the website information. ../series/series202F1.htm
The Format 1 books are slightly smaller (6.5 x 5) than the Format 2-4 books.


04 Dec 2013 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Greetings, I am curious about this little copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland published by your company. There is no publication date, but the date 1903 is handwritten in the front. There is also an extensive catalog of other books for sale in the back of the book.

The book has all of the original black and white illustrations. It is in good shape. The binding is intact with no torn, damaged or missing pages.

I have been unable to locate any other copies to compare it to. If you could give me any information, e.g., possible worth, publication information, and/or any other insights I would be very grateful.


A:  Your book was published in 1903 as part of the Vademecum Series. It originally came within a labeled box. It is, of course, a reprint but has all of the original text by Lewis Carroll.

Alice books are widely collected and although it is one of a myriad of reprints published during this era, there may be an Alice collector who just has to have this format. The only way to determine the worth is probably by putting it up for auction (on Ebay for example) and see what happens. You just never know.


30 Nov 2013 184

Waistcoat Pocket Series

Q:  I am having a hard time finding information on this book and was hoping for some insight and value of possible. Thank you. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

A:  Your book is part of the Waistcoat Pocket Series.

It is Format 3 in that series and was published between 1911 and 1921. It originally came in a labeled box.

It only has nominal value.


29 Nov 2013 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hi, How are you? I spent Thanksgiving with a friend and his parents. I mentioned that I was a Shakespeare fan and his mom showed us a copy of Tales from Shakespeare printed by Henry Altemus. The book looks particularly old and the cover is beautiful to me as I have an obsession with shamrocks. I tried searching both your website and google to figure out the publishing date but haven't been successful. I attached pictures of the book and it's title pages. Could you please tell me what you know about this edition? We are all really interested in finding out more about it.

A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1897. Originally it came within a labeled box. The cover format for 1897 was published in a multitude of colors.

It is a reprint and has little value.


26 Nov 2013 47

Beauxarts Series

Q:  I have been looking all over for price range for this book that I have but I have been unable to find much info on it via the internet. I am not sure if it is rare or not. I am really hoping you can be of some help! I have attached some pictures of the book to this email. Any help at all that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

A:  Your book is part of the Beauxarts Series and was published in 1898. All of the books in this series are reprints.

It generally sells for only a few dollars if it sells at all.


17 Nov 2013 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  We have the attached book (Tanglewood Tales) in our library and it was published by Henry Altemus Company and is in excellent condition. We are trying to find out how much it is worth, however are unable to find another book with this cover or the year it was published. Can you help us?

A:  Your book was published in 1904 as part of the Vademecum Series. It originally came in a labeled box. During this year the covers were published with a number of colors. Four different flower appliqués have been seen on the front cover.

Flowers and a representative picture of a labeled box are shown on the series page.

It is a reprint and has only nominal value.


16 Nov 2013 202

Young People's Library, Format 4

Q:  As per your information on your website, I assume this book is format 4, #63. Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. What what this book be priced at? It is in excellent condition, however a name on the inside.

A:  Your book is part of the Young People's Library, Format 4. This format was published between 1923 and 1933. The books all have a book appropriate appliqué on the cover. The dust jacket matches the cover of the book.

The books in this series only have nominal value unless a dust jacket is present or the book has a very collectible title, i.e. Alice in Wonderland.
Your book will be a hard sell for more than a few dollars.


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