Question & Answer Series 180 Vademecum Series

Q: Good day,
I am looking for information about a book, Tales from Shakespeare. It does not have a copyright date and although there are photos of similar books, with the same title, I have yet to an exact match.

Attached are photos of the cover, the spine, the inside front pages one and two, and the inside back, along with a loose page.

Please feel free to contact me by return email or by phone. My information is listed below.

Thank you for your time and attention.

A: Your book is from the Vademecum Series and was published in 1907.

It is a late reprint of this title. It originally was sold within a labeled box.

Finding an exact match may be difficult because in 1907 there were more than 40 different paste-on pictures used for the cover of any one title and the covers have been seen so far in six different colors. Thus, there are a possible 240 plus specific covers for any one title.

For more about this series you can look here:

In terms of monetary value, it has nominal value only.

Question & Answer Series 143 Petit Trianon Series

Q: Can you give me any information on this book. Paul and Virginia. The front cover has some damage, but the back, spine and interior in good shape. How do you find the year printed? I could find no publishing details?

A: This book is from the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1907. It is a reprint.

The 1907 cover was published with any one of four different appliqué flowers.

Originally it came within a labeled box. See below.

Because of the poor shape, it has no monetary value.

Question & Answer Series 143 Petit Trianon Series

Q: Recently found this lovely book and am having a hard time finding info on this particular book, A Christmas Carol.

A: Your book is part of the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1903-1904.

It originally came within a labeled box (see below). It is a reprint.

This format had a number of different covers. The left side with the pedestal has been seen in beige (your book), pink and blue. The latter two colors are relatively uncommon. The right half of the book has been seen with 16 different flowers. Thus, for any one title there are 48 variant covers.

Question & Answer Series 180 Vademecum Series

Q: I am trying to investigate information on a book, published by your company. The title of the book is Laddie and Miss Toosey’s Mission. The actual book, in my possession, has no publication date, no author.

For reference, I have reviewed your online website. I am finding it contradictory, or perhaps it’s my ignorance of book publishing. You provide the series in the Laddie Series, 1909-1909. However, there’re varied references to the title, Laddie and Miss Toosey’s Mission.

I read your reference/info on identifying the “series” publications. I did find the Vademecum Series, noted it as the largest of the book series. I also identified the particular book cover, used on my book (as you will note from the attached pictures) Green with a gold rose design, dated 1915.

It is not the generic light brown cover, you show in some of your referencing.

Am I close to finding out more particulars about “Laddie”?

At the rear of my book the only referral is under a listing of many books called: Altemus’ Illustrated Vademecum Series. In the listings it shows as ..108 Laddie and Miss Toosey’s Mission.

I have no book jacket. I have no ornamented box. In a rear book preface to other publications, in the series, it states “full cloth” and priced at forty cents.

A: This title was published in numerous series and formats by Altemus. Your particular book is from the Vademecum Series and was published in 1915.


This format originally came within a labeled box. See below.

It was published hundreds of times by numerous publishers from the mid 1800’s on.

Henry Altemus Company-Salesman Sample

Here is an extremely rare item from the Henry Altemus Company. Whether this was a salesman sample of covers or some sort of marketing aid is unknown. My guess is that this piece was used to show store owners the variety of covers that Altemus books could be found with and how this variety could help sales.

Between 1901 and 1907 some of the Altemus’ Vademecum Series’ books had appliqué covers with European paintings. More than 40 different ones have been seen. In most instance several different cover pictures could be put together to form a larger illustration. See:

The cover templates below were from books published in 1903. Very interesting is that the title: “Allegories of the Heart” which is on the fourth cover from the left was never published by Altemus.

I have seen one similar item over the years. That item has three of the six 1904 Wee Books for Wee Folk’s Series’ covers. See below.

Question & Answer Series 75 Devotional Series

Q: Would you be able to give me an approximate value of this book? Morning Thoughts. I am confused since the title page only has Henry Altemus but the back includes company. Thank you for any help.

A: Your book is part of the Devotional Series. This 75 title series was published in nine different formats between 1895 and 1933.

Most likely an old title page was used for this volume.

None of the titles in this series are especially collectible/valuable.