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15 Jun 2006 115

La Belle Fleur Series

Q:  hello, i have a little book by this publisher (Altemus.) It is "Evangeline and Other Poems." There is no date anywhere. The book is brown cloth with red tulips and greenery on the cover. There are several illustrations. Can you tell me anything about this beautiful little book? Thanks

A:  Your book was published in 1901 as part of the La Belle Fleur Series. This series consisted of 131 books which were reprints of various essays, poems, religious works and fiction. The books all had the same basic cover design but the colors varied.

It originally came with a dust jacket but these jackets are nearly impossible to find nowadays. It has little value although when it comes to buying books sometimes people are willing to pay more than a book is objectively worth.

15 Jun 2006 127

Love and Friendship Series

Q:  I have had this book since I was about 10 years old and would like to know some history about it. It is The Tribune Primer by Eugene Field. It is in very good shape. A white cover gold flowers on the side and violets on the cover. There is no copyright date so I do not know how old it really is.

A:  Your book belongs to the Love and Friendship Series. It is series #127 in my bibliography. This series was published between 1901-1912. Your book was part of format #2 and was published in the early years of the series. This format had many different flowers on the right with a similar pattern noted on the left. It was originally jacketed.

For your interest, I have enclosed a pic from that format with a different flower. As you can see the flowers are similar and yet different. Probably the book has little more than nominal value.

15 Jun 2006 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  I have a copy of Courtship of Miles Standish from Henry Altemus co. It has other poems also. I was just trying to get information about it because it has no publishing date or any other dates at all. If you have any info. I would appreciate it. I'll send a picture too.

A:  Your book is part of a multi-volume multi-authored set called the Petit-Trianon Series. It was published between 1896-1910 and at its peak had 117 books with numbers between 1-244. Generally every year or so Altemus would change the book cover and the titles which comprised the series. These books originally came boxed but of course the boxes are quite scarce.

Your book was published in late 1904-1905 and was numbered #42 in the series.

15 Jun 2006 180

Vademecum Series (later numbering)

Q:  I have the 1899 hardback edition of A Christmas Carol in Prose. I have attached a photo of the book. Please give me any information on the rarity or non-rarity of this book.

A:  Your book was part of the Vademecum series and was published in 1900. This multi-volume series of reprints was published between 1894 and 1926 and at its peak had 187 titles. The covers as well as the titles included varied from year to year. The books originally were boxed.

14 Jun 2006

Non Series

Q:  Hello.... I have a book titled Black Beauty by Ann Sewell and it has no publishing date on it. The book was given as a gift to someone Dec. 25 1921 and I wondered if you could tell me about how old it really is???? The book is in good shape and it has a young lady in a red hat on the horse. I would like to know when Black Beauty The Autobiography Of A Horse was printed by com.

A:  Black Beauty was published in more than 25 Altemus Series and more than 40 different formats between 1895 and 1933. The only book that is consistent with your description is a Black Beauty published as non series book. Black Beauty was published in three different non series versions. This one was first done in about 1920. The exact date of your book can only be determined by an examination of the ads in the book and on the dust jacket (if available). It was reprinted numerous times. A dust jacketed copy is shown here.

14 Jun 2006 135

Nathaniel Hawthorne's Works

Q:  I have Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter published Philadelphia Henry Altemus 1892. It is a small, hardcover book, appears to be red leather with a cameo of a woman on the front. Very good conditon. Can you give me an idea of value.

A:  This is a relatively common book despite its age. This book came in several different colors and originally had a dust jacket. It only has nominal value.

04 Jun 2006 79

Esperance Series

Q:  I recently came into possession of a book by Florence Ridley Havergal titled "Royal Invitation for the Kings' Children" and published by Henry Altemus Company. There is no publishing date and I am wondering who Florence Ridley Havergal was and her relation to Frances Ridley Havergal who I believe was the author of these prayers. I would greatly appreciate it if you could enlighten me.

A:  This book is part of the Esperance Series (Series #79). Published between 1905 and 1909, this 20 book series had only one format. Limp green velvet with gold gilt lettering. It originally came in a labeled box. 6.5 x 4.5.

04 Jun 2006 110

In His Name Series

Q:  I received a lovely little Henry Altemus volume for Christmas called Evening Comfort, arranged by Elisabeth Robinson Scovil, copyright 1898. What can you tell me about this book? Thank You.

A:  Your book is part of the In His Name Series (Series # 110). The series was published between 1901-1912. The book pictured here is in Format 3- volume 28 out of 46. In order to determine the year of publication, the book's dust jacket is necessary. At the earliest it was published in 1903.

04 Jun 2006 114

Kipling Series

Q:  I have a copy of Rudyard Kipling’s “Cupid’s Arrows.” It’s in great condition, and has a lovely Indian-looking design on the inside front and back covers.

The book is quite small 4 x 6 ˝ inches. The cover is cloth, dark red with Indian designs in green… There is no date anywhere on the book.

Could you tell me how old it is. My guess is around the turn of the century, but the story was published in 1888, I believe..so it could be earlier.

A:  This book was part of the Kipling Series (Series #114). There were 21 Kipling reprints in this series which was published in 1899 and was reprinted until 1901. Your volume is #15 in the series. The 1899 books can be distinguished from the later books by seeing Henry Altemus not Henry Altemus Company at the bottom of the title page. They were originally jacketed.

04 Jun 2006 131

Mother Goose Series

Q:  I have a copy of Jack and the Bean Stalk and Other Stories that is not dated. I inherited it from my mother. She told me that it had belonged to her grandmother which would date back to the 1800's. I've attached pictures in hopes that you can tell me what year it was published and if it is a 1st Edition.

A:  Your book was part of the Mother Goose Series (#131) that was published for the first time in 1905. This series had four formats of which yours is the second. The second format differs from the first in that the background of the left hand side of the front cover is in white rather than in a color. This format was printed for several years starting in 1906. These books all came jacketed.

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