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15 Jan 2011 146

Poems We Love Series

Q:  I have a important question to ask. My father gave me a book called "The Song of Hiawatha" by Henry Longfellow. The cover of the book is made of leather which is very frail and fragile. It has 219 pages with notes and vocabulary sections at the end. Inside the first pages is a drawing of "Minnehaha". It was published at The Henry Altemus Company. I was wondering if it could possibly be an original from 1855?

A:  Your book is part of the 10 book Poems We Love Series. It was published between 1912 and 1915. The covers have been seen in brown or green suede. The books originally came in a labeled box.

More information about your book can be found at ../series/series146.htm

It only has nominal value.

14 Jan 2011 57

Boys and Girls Classics (new)

Q:  Hello, we have a copy of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" with the box. The binding is much different than others we have seen from this era [Date of T.P.1897] The binding is printed cloth in several colors with Dutch people, windmills, etc. Red and black paper labels on the front and spine. White endpapers, color frontis, other color and B & W illus. 160 pp. plus ads. Measures 6.75 X 5.25 inches.

The box has a paper floral top. A paper label on the side of the box say's "NO.2 Altemus Boys and Girls Classics Alice's Adventures In Wonderland."

We cannot find a Altemus copy with this binding anywhere. The book itself is Near Fine. Can we assume this is a rare variant binding? Would you have a est. value?

Thank you for your help and excellent website.

A:  Your book can be found here: ../series/series57.htm

This is not a rare binding variant. The binding you describe can be seen in its entirety in the picture section as Swatch 1.

I have seen several designs on the box. They are also shown in the picture section.

Estimating the value is a difficult proposition. Some very common Altemus titles sometimes sell for a multiple of what I think they are worth on one day. On the next day they do not sell at all.

I would estimate a fair value for your book with the scarce box is between $25-100.

28 Dec 2010 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  I have a wonderful old book (Walden) and would like to know if you can tell me about it. I donít even know when it was published. Thank you in advance for any information you may have.

A:  Your book can be found here with the 1904 books. ../series/series180.htm

It is part of the Vademecum Series which was a long running series of reprints. Four different paste-on flower patterns have been noted in your book's format.

This book originally came in a labeled box.

Since it is a reprint of a not very popular title, it has only nominal value.

27 Dec 2010 203

Yuletide Series

Q:  Dear Henry Altemus company,
I am in possession of a book (A Christmas Carol) that I am selling for my church, I was wondering what the value range is? I have attached a picture; any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

A:  Your book belongs to the eight volume Yuletide Series. ../series/series203.htm

This series of suede cover books can be found in green or red. Originally the books which were published between 1912 and 1916 came in a labeled box.

As is clear from the title, most of the books have a Christmas theme. They are relatively common and generally sell for about $10.

Since it is now the holiday season bidders may not be very logical and bid it up for more than it is worth. This is a great time to sell this book.

26 Dec 2010 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hi, I am hoping you can help me date a book. My grandmother is moving and as we were packing came across a few books we didn't want to put in with the estate sale. I found a post and you were discussing the same book (The House of the Seven Gables), however, the cover appears to be different than the one described. I am attaching two photos. One of the cover, and the other of the inside of the book with the publisher info. There is not a copyright date in this book. Any information would be appreciated as this is a "family treasure" we would like to preserve for our future generations.

A:  Your book can be found with the 1904 Vademecum Series books here: ../series/series180.htm

During this year there were four different flower patterns used. They can be seen in the picture section of the site noted above.

In terms of value, because of its average shape and it being a not very collectible title, it only has sentimental value.

24 Dec 2010 160

Rosemonte Series

Q:  Hi, I am sure this happen all the time but I can't find a date on this book (Black Beauty). I am wondering if you can tell me the age? The pages are uneven and really rough cut. The illustrations are mostly black but I think there are 3 or 4 color ones. This one does not have any copyright from what I can see. I have thought of giving this to a family member but don't want to let it go if it is valuable.

A:  I believe that this book was first published in 1915 and then reprinted for a few years thereafter.

It is a late reprint of this title.

Although a very nice book with great illustrations, because there are just so many editions of this title it has no significant value.
See: Rosemonte Series

23 Dec 2010 85

Famous Red and White Books

Q:  Hi, I just bought this book at an auction. It was among a lot of books. Can you tell me anything about it?

I can send you other pictures if you need them.


A:  Your book is part of Series #85. See ../series/series85.htm

This was one of Altemus' early series. Despite its age, this book is fairly common and has only nominal value.

22 Dec 2010 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hi I have a copy of Thoreau's Walden published in 1899 by Altemus publishing...

I couldn't figure out what series this book was from.

I am thinking about selling this book, and was wondering if I am in possession of a rare or valuable book?

A:  Your book can be found here ../series/series180.htm with the 1902 volumes.

It is part of the Vademecum Series.

It is neither rare nor valuable.

21 Dec 2010 188

Wee Folks Cinderella Series

Q:  Attached is a picture of the front of a book I received that was my fatherís. Published in 1921 by the Henry Altemus Company the book is titled, ďThe Old Time Story of the Three BearsĒ by Kenneth Graham Duffield. It is written in rhyme. I didnít find it in your list of books. Any info on the history, etc. would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

A:  You can find your book here: ../series/series188.htm This ten book series consisting of various fairy tales originally was published beginning in 1921. Books were added until 1923. Thereafter the books were reprinted a number of times. All the books originally came in dust jackets.

20 Dec 2010 64

Children's Gift Series

Q:  I looked on your website to see what book I have and the front cover is not the same of any other Robinson Crusoe cover you show on your website. Just wondering how I can find out more about the book I got through my family. See attached image of book cover. Each page has a fancy light blue border with black printed font.

A:  I believe the book picture you have sent is exactly like the one here: ../series/series64.htm.

This series of ten books all originally came with dust jackets and in nice condition are very collectible.

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