Henry Altemus Company

Questions & Answers


Contact the Expert
Altemus Topics
Juvenile Series

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit First Edition

Alice in Wonderland

Publishers Series
Vademecum Series/ European Artists

Wee Books

Young People's Library
Altemus Bibles
(German Bibles)
Photographic Albums
Altemus Series List
Unknown Series
Non Series Books with List
Date/Identify Books
Ephemera/ Advertisements/ Miscellaneous Publications
New! Reprints by Other Publishers
by Title (or Misc):
by Author or Illustrator:
by Series Name or Number:
Description Errors
Altemus Book Prices
Photo Gallery
New Pictures
Updates, Addenda & Errata
Altemus Q & A
Series Biblio
Altemus Biblio
Other Sites
Jacob Abbott
Tom Brown books by Thomas Hughes
Hezekiah Butterworth
F. M. Lupton/ Federal Book Company
George W. Peck
E. A. Weeks
Wayne Whipple


View by Date View by Series Num


The following are questions submitted via email by our visitors.

If you have a question about Altemus books that you'd like answered please click on the Questions link at the bottom left of this page.

We recommend that those inquiring about the identification of a particular book format send pictures along with their question.


Click thumbnail images to enlarge.


Questions & Answers
Date Series Num Information
06 Jan 2010 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  I am wondering if this is a first edition and its approximate value. Thank you so much for your time.

Weird Tales by Edgar Allen Poe
Henry Altemus Company
Copyright 1895 by Henry Altemus
258 pages Excellent condition (It looks as if the book was never read)

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series which is a series of reprints. Your book is not a first edition. Altemus published no Poe first editions. This book was published in 1903. During this year the cover came in a number of colors with one of more than 40 illustrations.

05 Jan 2010 48

Beauxarts Series

Q:  I'm looking for any information about this particular copy of this children's book and the author. My copy is in great shape, no pages missing, the cover spotted but in tact. I believe it to be my grandmother's, and I'm wanting to pass this along to my granddaughter for her birthday.

I find limited info about the author. The book has no publishing date, although I read that the original story was told about 1889, and no listing for the illustrator. Some internet data suggests with was published in Scribner, but we know better.

Any information you can provide will be appreciated.

A:  Your book is part of the Beauxarts Series and was published in 1902. This series is comprised of numerous reprints.

Altemus published this title in numerous formats. A number of publishers printed this book before Altemus. Scribner did do an early edition but in fairness I am not sure who did the first edition. It may have been Blackie in London in 1894.

I have no independent knowledge about the author but looked up her obituary which appeared in the New York Times in 1936. There is much more about her life in various online sources. Click here for the obituary.

04 Jan 2010 186

Wee Books for Wee Folks

Q:  I have been trying to find info out about this book (The Little Puppy That Wanted to Know Too Much) and I can't find it anywhere.

A:  Your book is part of the Wee Books for Wee Folks Series. It was originally copyrighted 1920 and reprinted for a number of years thereafter.

In poor condition it has little value.

03 Jan 2010 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  I purchased this book today, "Ten Nights in a Bar Room". Attached is a picture of the cover. I was wondering if I wasted my money? Could you tell me when it was published? On the third page, a hand written note is as follows: "Presented to Mr. Oliver Hill by his schoolmates in the Miltore Center Schools Oct. 15, 1901" Thank you for any info you have.

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series. This series is an Altemus publisher's series of reprints. It was published in 1900. See Series 180 Anything more than a few dollars and you spent too much.

02 Jan 2010 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  I am attempting to date my pretty copy of Legends of the Province-House by Nathaniel Hawthorne. After looking at your site I am assuming 1899. Am I correct? Thank you for any information you might provide me!

A:  Well you are close on the date but not right. The actual date of publication is 1903-1904. You can see your book here: Series 143. It is part of the Petit Trianon Series that is an Altemus publisher's series of reprints. There were multiple different cover designs for this series. The key to dating it is the pattern on the left side of the cover. Note how your book's pattern matches the others in the 1903-1904 group. I suspect that a picture or copyright in your book says 1899. This indicates when Altemus first published this title not when your particular book was published.

20 Dec 2009 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  I have recently received a book apparently put out by the Henry Altemus Company and am dying to know more of the details of the book but have yet to find any information of the book anywhere. I have read and reread the story of one of our greatest hero's this nation has ever seen. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the book title and in the book there has been placed an old stamp of sorts for an old Sunday school saying this book was given to a student in 1904. I would like to know as much information about the publication of this book by the company as possible. Is there any way you can help, as it would be much appreciated. Thank you very much for your time and a very happy holiday to you.

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series. This series is an Altemus publisher's series of reprints. There are multiple different cover formats for this series. Your book is a 1904 edition.

19 Dec 2009 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  I have this book and want any info you can share with me. What is the value of this book? Condition is excellent. There is a red box that this book was in with a little wear and tear consisting of scuff marks.

A:  Your book can be found at Series 180. It is part of the Vademecum Series which is an Altemus publisher's series of reprints. It is a 1915 edition. Value is anywhere between zero and $25 (with the box) depending on which buyers see it. By the way, without the box it generally has very little value.

18 Dec 2009 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  I recently purchased a Henry Altemus book at a garage sale for 15 cents. After looking the book over I decided to research it on the publishers web site. The copyright page is dated for 1899 by Henry Altemus. Not publishing company. The book is the snow image by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I cannot find any other items in the book that refers it to a series. Is this considered an unknown book? Do you think the book has greater value? Thanks for your time.

A:  Actually that website on Altemus is mine. Your book can be found at Series 143. It is part of an Altemus publisher's series-The Petit Trianon Series. It was published in 1899. It has little collector value.

13 Dec 2009 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  I can not find any information on this book and its cover. "Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Can you help?

A:  This book is part of Series #143 The Petit Trianon Series. Your book can be found here: Series 143

It is shown with the 1899 books. The key in identifying this book is the pattern on the left side of the cover. It is characteristic of the 1899 books in this series. There have been numerous right sided cover decorations. Thus far I have seen 24 different patterns. Incidentally, this format originally came in a labeled box.

12 Dec 2009 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  I am seeking information on the publishing date of a book that was published by your company. It is Poems Volume 1, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and I have attached two pictures of the book. I appreciate any information you can give me. Also, as you can see on the front cover, there seems to be some sort of black substance. Do you have any recommendations for getting this off the cover?

A:  Your book can be found here with the 1898 books. Vademecum Series I do not know how to remove the black substance.

back 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 
81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 next

Webmaster: webadm@henryaltemus.com   (Technical Help Only)

Last Revision: September 26, 2017