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02 Jul 2010
Boys and Girls Classics Series
Q: I have 'Fairy Tales' by Hans Christian Andersen, Illustrated by Four Full Page Pictures in Color plus 100+ black and white illustrations with the Altemus ads in the back. The contents are complete with 224 plus 16 pages of ads. However Iím not sure whether there is a title and publisher page missing as the binding is loose with some sections unattached, but still held together with the tied binding. The cover is somewhat discolored, but still very bright including frontispiece.
I've attached pictures and would love any information you may have as to the value of the book.
The Old House
The Story of a Mother
The Red Shoes
The Shirt Collar
The Leaping March
The Saucy Boy
The Ugly Duckling
The Darning Needle
The Emperor's New Suit
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
The Real Princess
The Shepherdess and the Sweep
The Flying Trunk
The Little Match Girl
A: Your book is part of the Boys and Girl's Classics Series. For information about this series see: ../series/series57.htm
This book only has nominal value.
01 Jul 2010
Q: I recently came upon this book that belonged to my grandparents. The Princess and Maud by Tennyson it was published in 1895 by your company. It has some water damage along the bottom and is cover is gently used. Can you tell me if this book has any value?
A: This book is part of the Vademecum Series. See ../series/series179.htm
It is a reprint and only has nominal value.
30 Jun 2010
Q: Hello, Recently I went in my attic to clean up and I came upon this old book titled "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland". I looked in the book and it appears to be very old. Also a previous owner of the book wrote the date 1901 inside of one of the pages. I was wondering what the value is of this book? Also what was the publication date? I sent you a couple of pictures attached.
A: This book was published between 1899-1901 and was part of the Beauxarts Series. (../series/series48.htm)
It is a reprint and most of the books of this series have only nominal value. Occasionally however, since there are many "Alice" collectors out there this title may sell for $20-30.
29 Jun 2010
Young People's Library
Q: My friend was in an antique store and found this 1895 edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published by Henry Altemus. It is priced at $150. The internet has conflicting prices and information. The book is in good condition. Would you mind letting me know if this price is reasonable or what your thoughts are. Thanks
A: $150 is high. First you have to figure out which edition it is. Take a look here to determine when it was published between 1895-1898.
The true Altemus first is worth more than later copies.
The prices for this book as well as the later Young People's Library reprints are hard to figure. What I mean is that the later Alice's in the Young People's Library. ( See ../series/series202F2.htm and
../series/series202F3.htm frequently are promoted as earlier and rarer than they are and unknowing buyers will pay $50-100 for a copy. This is despite the fact that not only are they buying a misdescribed book but they are buying a very, very common book.
Getting back to your book. The condition is not great so even if it is the 1895 edition, it is not worth the money. Maybe $50-75 if you just have to have it. If not, you can be patient and pick up a better copy for $25-50.
28 Jun 2010
Q: Dear Sirs:
I have an old publication of A Child's Garden of Verses and I wish to know the date it was published. The book measures 4 1/4 by 6 1/4. The cover is blue, with a narrow picture of some old buildings, by, what appears to be a river. The title page is in red ink, with decorations of green. Below title is printed
HENRY ALTEMUS COMPANY
There is no date in the book. In the back of the book is listed the books that were published by Henry Altemus Company, beginning with:
Abbe Constantin, The. Halevy.
The last book listed is:
Half-A-Dozen Housekeepers. By Kate Douglas
Please, I would like to know the printing date of this book. I know it is very old by the yellowed pages. What I find strange is that there are NO DATES in the book, not even in the listings in the back of the book naming previous published books by that company.
I would greatly appreciate your help, and I thank you in advance!
A: Your book was published in 1907. It is part of the Vademecum Series.
It is a late reprint of this title.
27 Jun 2010
Boys and Girls Classics (old)
Q: I am interested in any information about this book.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Published by Henry Altemus Company
A: Your book is part of the Boys and Girls' Classics Series.
You can date your book by following the information here: ../series/series58.htm
It originally came in a labeled box. It is not a first edition but rather a later reprint. When it sells, it is usually for less than $15.
26 Jun 2010
Golden Treasury Series
Q: Hi, I recently came across your site while trying to do some research on an old book I have. I would like to know when it was published or printed. I am attaching a picture of the front cover I hope it is helpful. I went through the pictures on the website for "Line Upon Line" but didn't see a cover that resembled mine. I appreciate your time and patience with helping me, and if you have any questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to ask. Thanks!
A: Your book is part of Series #99- Golden Treasury Series
It can be found here: ../series/series99.htm
1899-1900 publication date.
09 Jun 2010
Boys and Girls Classics (newer)
Q: we would like to know if this book (Mother Goose's Rhymes Jingles and Fairy Tales) belongs to henry altemus and what year it was printed, it has no copyright or author, and how much this book may be worth in your opinion we got it at a yard sale for two dollars and want to know if it was worth it.
A: It was published in 1908 or later. The exact year can be determined by the ads in the back of the book.
You can find out more about your book here: ../series/series57.htm
It only has nominal value.
08 Jun 2010
Life of Service Series
Q: I recently in the past day acquired a Henry Altemus Company Hard Cover book from a garage sale for .50 Cents. Here are the known specs:
Publisher: Henry Altemus Company - Philadelphia
Title: The Greatest Thing In The World
Author Henry Drummond
From what I can gleam from your website, the book I have may be apart of the 'Friendship & Love Series' or the 'In His Name Series', Because it has the Pillar Supporting the Title on the Left and a Flowery cover on the right.
But All I am sure of is that it was published some time after 1901 because of how the Publishers name is indicated.
Herein attached are photos of the Book in Question.
A: Your book is part of the Life of Service Series.
As you can see it is a Format 2 book. Your book's format was published from 1915 to about 1924. I cannot narrow any particular book down further unless you have the dust jacket which has some information on the reverse.
07 Jun 2010
Petit Trianon Series
Q: Can you please tell me the publishing date of this version of The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Longfellow, how many copies were printed, the price of the copy at the time, and anything else that might be interesting?
A: For information about your book see ../series/series143.htm
I do not know how many copies were printed. It cost 50 cents when new and came with a labeled box.
It has only nominal value.
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