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11 Nov 2013 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  I found this book at a garage sale the other day, I have scanned all the google info on Cranford: Mrs. Gaskell that I can possibly absorb and have yet to find an image that looks exactly like this book. I did find a Benjamin Franklin book from the same "Henry Altemus - Philadelphia" that has the exact same hardback binding, coloring, and design - just totally different content and titling was within it. Just curious as to why I don't see this particular combination of hardback and content within the pages of Google that I have combed so far. Hoping you might be able to clue me in on the specifics of this magnificent little story book - it would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance!

A:  Your book is an 1896 publication and is part of the Vademecum Series.

This title was reprinted by numerous book publishers in the 1880-1900 range. There are hundreds of different formats in various color covers, etc. Any one version might be hard to find. For instance your book but with an orange cover. But finding the title in a reprint is very easy. For that reason, unless your title is one that is coveted by collectors, it has only nominal value.

10 Nov 2013 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  I am researching a lot of old books and came across this one (Black Beauty). Most books that I have are from the 1800's and early 1900's. This book doesn't have a copyright page. So I have no idea what year it is from. Can you help me identify it? I am looking to sell these books and would really appreciate any info.

A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1902. All the titles in this multivolume, multi author series are reprints. The picture on the cover is one of more than 40 European paintings that were used as cover decorations. See ../vademecum.htm

This book only has nominal value.

03 Nov 2013 74

Dainty Series

Q:  Could you please give me any info about my book (The Children's Shakespeare) published in 1900 thank you

A:  Your book is part of the Dainty Series.

It is a Format 3 book and was published between 1903-1905. It originally came with a dust jacket. It is relatively common and only has nominal value.

The other formats are shown on the series page.

17 Oct 2013 141

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  I have a 4"x6" book that appears to be old. I cannot find a date anywhere in the book. Can you tell me if it is an original or reprint? Picture of cover and inside attached.

A:  Your book was published in 1895-1896 as part of the Petit Trianon Series.

This format was published with numerous decorative right sided cover patterns with the same acorn decoration on the left.

It originally was published within a labeled box.
It is a reprint and has only nominal value.

16 Oct 2013 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Hi there, I have acquired a book (Kidnapped) and am unable to find out about it. Please if you would be so kind as to tell me what you know of this book date and such. It has no publishing date in it. Thank You so very much for your time.

A:  Your book was published in 1907 as part of the Petit Trianon Series. It originally was sold within a labeled box.

This title is a reprint and only has nominal value.

15 Oct 2013 58

Boys and Girls Classics

Q:  Thank you in advance for your help. I'd like to know the date of publication and value of book: Shakespeare's Heroines. Please see attached photos.

A:  This book is part of the Boys and Girls Classics Series.

In order to determine the date of this book (1900-1906) you will need to look at this site: Boys and Girls Classics and go through the simple flow chart using the ads in the back of the book.

It only has nominal value.

14 Oct 2013 78

Dore's Masterpieces

Q:  I believe my book (Milton's Paradise Lost) is Format 2 #2. Can you tell me if I am correct? How many copies were published? Do you know the value? I would be interested in any information you can provide.

A:  Your book is definitely part of the six volume Dore's Masterpieces Series.

The difference between Format 1 and Format 2 is that the Format 1 books were printed with plain cloth whereas the Format 2 books were printed with full Morocco. The latter books are much more elegant. Note the difference between the two. My Morocco book is on the right.

Having said that, most buyers are seemingly only interested in the Dore illustrations and the cover quality usually is lost on these purchasers.

In nice shape this book generally sells for $50-200.

13 Oct 2013 47

Beauxarts Series

Q:  I inherited this book (The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin) along with a dozen or more other books all dated between 1850-1910. I've been trying to look this particular one up and get some more information about it. But I've been unable to do so. I'm hoping that you can gave me some insight on it. I'm am avid collector so I won't be selling it. But perhaps you could include a possible value.

A:  Your book is part of the Beauxarts Series and was published within a labeled box in 1898. It is a publisher's series that includes only reprints.

It only has nominal value.

12 Oct 2013 78

Dore's Masterpieces

Q:  I have the following book to sell, but I'm not sure if Ebay is the place to do so, and I don't know what the value of the book is. Here is the information:

Dante's Inferno
Altemus' Edition
Illustrated (75 w/blank back side) by Gustave Dore, some dated 1860
A Gore Masterpiece
Edited by Henry C. Walsh
Translated by Henry Francis Cary
No date indicated any place in the book
Size 9" x 12"
Published: "Altemus Edition" -- Cherry Street addresses
Has inserts of both one-page and fold-out advertising flyers - original with $3 and $6 prices The spine is loose, but the pages are in perfect condition, though slightly off-white.

Any pricing information is helpful. Thanks.

A:  This book is part of the six volume Dore's Masterpieces Series and is a very collectible volume. The numerous Gustave Dore illustrations make this book very desirable. It originally came in a box or thick red canvas dust jacket.

Although these books are very common they still generally sell for $25-100. Occasionally more if the condition is excellent. Unfortunately your book is in very rough shape and probably will sell at the lower end.

The flyers for this series are very nice. Some can be seen at ../flyers/flyer-S78.htm.

11 Oct 2013 202

Young People's Library

Q:  Hello, I have a copy of Black Beauty, and it appears to be in very good condition. I wanted to know what the value of it could be, plus the copyright on the title pages says it is 1897 but according to your web site, it appears to be published in 1906. Someone wrote 1906 on the first blank page inside the cover, so I'm unsure of the actual date.

Also, is something that would be worth selling?

A:  This book is part of the Young People's Library, Format 3. Format 3 books were published between 1902 and 1923. The format is determined by the characteristic spine.

Despite the copyright date, the fact that this book was published by Henry Altemus Company instantly indicates that it was published in 1900 or later since Altemus incorporated in 1900. Dating this book can be done relatively simply by following the dating flowchart which is on the series page.

Without the dust jacket it has minimal value.

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