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16 Oct 2012 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  I have had this book (Black Beauty) for about four years and it came from an estate. The handwritten inscription inside dates it as a 1903 Christmas present. Would you be able to verify when it was printed? If so, do you know it's current value?

A:  Your book was published in 1903 and is part of the Vademecum Series. All of the titles in this series are reprints.

In 1903 the books of the Vademecum Series had one of several colored covers with the same basic cover template. Any one of more than 40 paintings have been seen on the front cover.


It only has nominal value.

15 Oct 2012 202

Young People's Library

Q:  Hi I have the 1895 ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND Book 1ST ALTEMUS ED. Lewis Carroll it has a blue cover on it and is in wonderful condition. I was just wondering what it would be worth.

A:  Your book is the first Altemus edition of the individual title Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In the same year (1895) Altemus published two combination books which included Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. In 1895 there were two different editions of your book. The earlier one has 1895 at the base of the title page and the fronts ads list to Through the Looking Glass.

For more information see ../series/series202F1.htm.

Appreciate that all other Altemus Alice's Adventures in Wonderland are later editions.

03 Oct 2012 171

Stories We Love Series

Q:  I found this book (Cranford) in an attic. Could you please give me any information you have? Thank you.

A:  Your book is part of the Stories We Love Series and was published between 1912 and 1916. The books of this series were published in red, green and brown. Originally the book was sold with a labeled box.

For more information see ../series/series171.htm.

27 Sep 2012 141

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  I am hoping for some help identifying the year this was printed. There is a signature dated on the inside cover with 1896 and the introduction is dated 1878. The title is Tales from Shakespeare.

Thanks for your help!

A:  Your book was published in 1896 and is part of the Petit Trianon Series. This series of reprints originally was published with a labeled box. In 1896 the left side of the front cover is common to all of the books but the right side has been seen with a number of different decorative patterns.

For more information see ../series/series141.htm.

It only has nominal value.

24 Sep 2012 196

World's Classics Series

Q:  This book (Tales from Shakespeare) belonged to my mother. What can you tell me about it? It has an Introduction dated October 1878.

A:  Your book is part of the World's Classics Series and was published between 1912 and 1916. The books have been seen in red, green or brown. All of the books originally came within labeled boxes. The titles in this series are reprints.

For more information see ../series/series196.htm

15 Sep 2012 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Can you give me information and possibly the probable value of this book, A Christmas Carol? See attached photos.

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series, is a reprint and was published in 1904. See ../series/series180.htm.

During this year the front cover style came in a number of different colors. In addition, any one of four flower patterns have been seen on the paste-on (appliqué).

The books of this series originally came in a labeled box.

Because of its condition, you will be fortunate to sell it for more than a few dollars.

14 Sep 2012 130

Marqueterie Series

Q:  Hello, Could you me anything about this book (Milton's Poems)- age/value? Thank you!

A:  Your book was published in 1899 as part of the Marqueterie Series.(../series/series130.htm) As you can see, the cover is of the Japanese inlaid veneer style.

This publisher's series was only printed during 1899. Thus, it is one of the more uncommon large Altemus reprint series.

Regardless, the books of this series four the most part have limited value.

07 Sep 2012 186

Wee Books for Wee Folks

Q:  I have recently recvd a book (Mother Goose Nursery Tales) in a box lot at an auction that I can find no information about, so I thought I would write you and see if you could help me at all. I have enclosed a couple pictures as well. There is no address in the back, besides Philadelphia, and the book is in rough condition, but absolutely beautiful.

Thanks, Brittany

A:  Your book is part of the Wee Books for Wee Folks Series. See ../series/series186.htm

It was published between 1917 and the early 1930's. You can date your book more exactly by looking at the dating instructions revealed here: ../wee_books/index.htm

Generally the endpapers and the back ads which list other books in tho series give all the information you will need.

Originally your book came with a matching dust jacket.

05 Sep 2012 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hi, I have this Black Beauty book that I can't find any information on. It has a black cover, possibly leather, and it doesn't have a date printed in it at all. It does say Henry Altemus Company, which I read means it was printed in 1900 or later. I don't really know anything else about it. Thank you for taking time to help me out!

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1902. It is a reprint and originally came in a labeled box.

For information about this series of books see ../series/series180.htm.

Most of the books of this series do not have significant value because the titles were reprinted so many times by so many publishers.

04 Sep 2012 69

Classics Series

Q:  I have this little book called "The Greatest Thing in the World" by Henry Drummond. Printed in Philadelphia by Henry Altemus Company. It doesn't have a date or anything else like that. I was just wondering when this book might have been published and what the value of it is. I am trying to send you a picture of it. It is dark green, 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" with gold writing on it. It is hard to see the writing on it, but that is what it is. It also has a picture of Henry Drummond in it.
I was just wondering if you could tell me something about it.

A:  Your book is part of the Classics Series. See ../series/series69.htm

It was published between 1907- ca.1909. It originally had a dust jacket.

Without the dust jacket it has only nominal value.

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