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06 Sep 2013 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hello - I came across this among the many books (some going back to the 1600s) in my father in laws house. Thought you could advise on if this was of value. Print date says 1895, front cover sheet is inscribed as a Xmas gift in 1899. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series. It was published in 1898 and originally came within a labeled box. The 1898 books were seen with various cover colors.

All of the books in this series are reprints and thus unless the title is a special one and widely collected, the book has little value.


05 Sep 2013 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  I picked this up today and hoped to find out more about it. I have to tell you how much I enjoyed all of the hard work you've put into this site! I love books and I look forward to reading this one.

It is Idylls of the King by Tennyson. I paid $1 for it! It may be worth twice that! Thank you for your information. I've bookmarked your site.


A:  Your book is part of the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1905-1906. It originally was sold within a labeled box.

The paste on (appliqué) on the front cover had the picture of one of four flowers. (yellow-daffodil, red-carnation, pink-rose, purple-iris)

All of the books in this series are reprints and have limited value.


26 Aug 2013 47

Beauxarts Series

Q:  Would you please tell me the age and value of my copy of Treasure Island, Henry Altemus. Photos attached.

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

The 1898 covers have been seen in a number of different colors.

Unless you find a Treasure Island title collector, this book will only sell for a few dollars.


25 Aug 2013 47

Beauxarts Series

Q:  I have an old edition of The Prince of the House of David published by Altemus Publishing. There is no date page in the book. Could you please tell me a little about this edition? It was in my mother's library and she has now passed. She noted with it that it is missing pages 41 and 42 which is odd. I am very curious when it was printed.

I’m assuming it is not a first edition or anything rare like that, but I would like to know if it is something I should keep or pass on to a book lover. It is a neat compact book. It is slightly curved in at the edges making me think someone carried this tucked in their pocket for awhile possibly.

Thank you for any info you may have on it. I searched through the site and some on the internet and I didn’t see this particular edition come up anywhere.


A:  Your book is part of the Beauxarts Series and was published in 1897. During this year the cover was printed with many different colors. As you guessed, it is not a first edition but rather a late reprint and thus really has no significant value.


17 Aug 2013 150

Popular Series of Famous Authors

Q:  Hello, I am inquiring about a copy of "The Scarlet Letter" that has been in my family for several generations. The condition of the book is very poor but it's something I would like to know more about. I have attached pictures of the cover, title page, and the two ad pages in the back. Please do not hesitate if there are other images you may need to determine more. Thank you very much for your time.

A:  Your book was published in 1893 as part of the Popular Series of Famous Authors. This book was originally printed with a dust jacket. The cover usually has outlines and lettering in gold gilt, most of which is gone from your book. This title is a reprint and in this shape has little value.


14 Aug 2013 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Having a difficult time identifying this book (Christmas Carol), can you help?

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in the 1917-1919 time frame. This publisher's series published only reprints, none of which have any significant value. It originally had a dust jacket.


08 Aug 2013 115

La Belle Fleur Series

Q:  hi i just bought this (Black Beauty) at a used book store and was wondering if you good give me more information about it... it doesn't mention the year but i looked up the publisher so i know the years they were in business..thank you

A:  Your book is part of the La Belle Fleur Series and was published in 1901.

It originally came in a dust jacket. The books of this series are all reprints. They came in a number of different color covers. Examples are shown here.

It has nominal value only.


29 Jul 2013 120

Library of Standard Authors

Q:  Would like some information on this book Tales from Shakespeare. What can you tell me? Thanks.

A:  Your book was published in 1897-1898 as part of the ten volume Library of Standard Authors' Series. During those years the book covers were published in various colors.

All the books, including yours, are reprints. Value is determined by the collectibility of the title and condition. Your title is not widely sought after.


28 Jul 2013 58

Boys' and Girls' Classics Series

Q:  Dear Expert,

I have a copy of the book Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb. It is hard cover 368 pages without illustrations. The only date I can find is on the back of the introduction page. " October 1878 initialed A.A". Please send me what information on the date of publication and what edition it may be and any additional interesting facts you may have. Thank you so very much for your time and knowledge.


A:  Your book was published between 1899 and 1906. It is part of the Boys and Girls Classics Series. It is a reprint and originally came in a labeled box. It has only nominal value.

To date your book exactly follow the directions on the series' web page.


26 Jul 2013 152

Printemps Series

Q:  A book in my collection... I'm wondering of its value and rarity. I can't locate a quote on its value. (A Study in Scarlet)

A:  Your book is part of the 25 volume Printemps Series. It was published in 1895.
All of the books in this series are reprints. Most sell for between $10 and $20.


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