Question & Answer Saalfield reprint

Q: I also was wondering how can you tell it’s a reprint, it just seems so old, would you know when it was reprinted, I can’t find a year or date on the book anywhere. The Pony Rider Boys in New England. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dust jacket, I’ll have to check, and if I do find the dust jacket how much is it valued. Thanks so much for your help. I’m clueless to how this works, just trying to learn. Thanks.

A: Your book was published by Saalfield. That company did reprints of the earlier Altemus published editions. All the Saalfield reprints had dust jackets. This reprint was published in 1935 or later.

For more about the Saalfield reprints see

Two Saalfield jackets have been seen for this series.


Series 186 Wee Books for Wee Folks

Altemus published ten Wee Folks’ Library Sets. Each set consisted of four Wee Books’ titles in a colorfully illustrated box for $2.25 each. The first six sets were published in 1921. The next four in about 1923.

There were sets that did not conform to the catalogue listings. Because these boxed sets are so rare, a comprehensive listing of the variants is impossible. Here is a recently discovered example. The books in the set below have the 1928-1929 variant cover.
Four books are within the box:
1. Old Red Reynard, the Fox
2. Grunty Grunts and Smiley Smile Indoors
3. Hootie Toots Hollow Tree
4. The Robber Kitten

Of interest is that Hootie Toots was published in 1925 -after the ten boxed sets were produced. Thus there must have been other boxed sets not described.

For more information see:

Question & Answer Series 175 Three Volume Sets Series

Q: Hi. I saw your blog and thought you might be able to help. I have a book by Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is “Essays, First Series.” It was published by Henry Altemus, and the stated date is 1894. I can’t find this particular printing anywhere. Can you tell me anything about it? Thanks so much!

A: Your book is from the “Three Volume Sets” Series. It was published in 1894.

It originally came in a labeled box with two other titles. See below.

For more info about this series see:

In this shape it has no monetary value.

Question & Answer Series 179 Vademecum Series

Q: I have this book I found in a house I bought. I don’t seem to find it anywhere online. Can you tell me if this is something I should safeguard? Bacon’s Essays

A: This book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1896. All of the titles in this series are reprints. This book which has a not very collectible title, has nominal value only.