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Date Series Num Information
25 Jun 2012 141

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Can you please tell me what you can about this beautiful book (Childe Harold's Pilgrimage)? thanks a lot

A:  Your book is part of the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1897. Originally the book came in a labeled box.

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

This series' books in 1897 all had the same decoration on the left side of the cover. On the right side of the cover these books had various decorative designs or floral patterns.

Your book is a reprint and only has nominal value.


24 Jun 2012 199

Young Folks Puzzle Pictures' Series

Q:  I was wondering if you could help me? I have Animal Tales with Puzzle Pictures. I have attached pictures of this magnificent book. Could you tell me which edition this might be and its value?

A:  Your book is part of the Young Folks Puzzle Pictures' Series. See http://www.henryaltemus.com/series/series199.htm.

There are five books in this series with the Tale of Peter Rabbit with Puzzle Pictures and the Night Before Christmas with Puzzle Pictures being the most desired and therefore the most valuable.

Each book in this series had three different formats (editions). Your book is a second format edition. The first edition books have a full cover paste-on picture and the writing on the spine goes from bottom to the top.

It is always hard to know what a book might sell for. Because your book is in poor shape and does not have a dust jacket, would think it only has nominal value.


23 Jun 2012 142

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Can you send me information on this Henry Altemus book? I cannot find any publication date.

A:  Your book is part of the Petit Trianon series and was published in 1898.

During this year, all of the covers of the books had the same decorative pattern on the left. On the right side of the cover there were various floral or decorative patterns.

See http://www.henryaltemus.com/series/series142.htm

The books of this series originally came in labeled boxes. As with all of this series' books, your title is a reprint and only has nominal value.


18 Jun 2012 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  I would like to know what you can tell me about this publication by the Henry Altemus Company, Illustrated Vademecum Series. It was a gift to my grandmother in 1904.

A:  Your book (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1905-1906. During these two years the book covers were published in a number of different colors. Four different paste-on flower pictures were used. (Your picture is an iris.)

See ../series/series180.htm

This book originally came in a labeled box. It is a reprint as are all of the books from this series.


16 Jun 2012 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  I came across this book (Rip Van Winkle) at a yard sale today and was wondering what year it was published.

I love the nuveau cover so much the book is beautiful. Just trying to get some background on it.


A:  Your book is part of the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1901-1902.

During that year this series of reprints was published in several formats. The left half of the cover was printed in either pink, blue or beige (most common). The right half of the cover had one of sixteen flower pictures.

For more information see ../series/series143.htm.


07 Jun 2012 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  This book was in my Grandfather's book collection. Could you tell me a little about it? It's missing the copyright page, but has the Altemus Publishing Company page inside the book. It's Uncle Tom's Cabin. Thanks so much.

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1907. Originally it came within a labeled box. These books came in multiple colors and any one of more than 40 possible paste-on pictures have been seen on the cover.

All of the books from this series are reprints and thus for the most part have little value. Some volumes such as Alice in Wonderland are worth a bit more because of the significance of the title.

For more information see ../vademecum.htm.


03 Jun 2012 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Hi, I was looking for information on this book. The copyright reads 1899 on the side of the inside cover picture, but beyond the title- Black Beauty, the author and publisher of Henry Altemus, there is no information. Could you fill in the gaps about this book and it's worth?

A:  Your book is from the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1899.

See ../series/series143.htm

The books of this series originally came in a labeled box. It is a reprint and only has nominal value.


01 Jun 2012 58

Boys and Girls Classics Series

Q:  Hello,
I have looked all over your site and cannot find the cover similar to the Black Beauty book we own. Attached is a picture of the cover. The book has no missing pages but does not have a published date page.

On the title page it has

Philadelphia
Henry Altemus Company

Which according to your site it was published after 1900. Can you give us an idea of its age and value?


A:  You can find your book here: ../series/series58.htm

It is part of the Boys and Girls Classics Series which was published between 1899-1906. Based on the ads in the back of the book you should be able to date this book rather easily. (Look at the chart at the link above.)

Your book is a reprint and generally only sells for a few dollars.


30 May 2012 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Here are a couple of pictures of the book I have. Thank you in advance for your help.

A:  Your book is from the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1899.

See ../series/series143.htm

The 1899 books have a stereotyped pattern on the left side of the cover. On the right half of the cover are various decorative patterns or floral designs.

The books of this series originally came in a labeled box. It is a reprint and only has nominal value.


29 May 2012 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  Trying to find the value of this thanks: can't find a copy of this cover. Thanks:)

A:  This book (Undine) is from the Vademecum Series. ../series/series179.htm

The cover is characteristic of the 1895 publications and has been seen in numerous colors.

Since it is a reprint and the title is not is in great demand, this book only has nominal value.


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