Question & Answer Series 115 La Belle Fleur Series

Q: I recently came across a find (Fanchon) at a local rummage sale and can not seem to find much information on it. I believe it’s from the L’Art Nouveau Series as the cover seems to be the same, but your website is the only one with information on these books and it seems to be a mystery to everyone! I would love to hear your take on it and what you think. Do I have a one of a kind ? Please observe the attached photos and I would love to hear back from you.

A: Your book is from the La Belle Fleur Series and was published in 1901. See: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series115.htm

This series is one of the less common Altemus Publisher’s series. The covers have been seen in a number of different colors. Here are some examples.

But all the titles in this series are reprints and unless the title is a very collectible one, the value (without a dust jacket) is minimal.

A picture of the dust jacket is shown below.

Altemus dust jackets and boxed books

Frequently sellers of Altemus and other late 19th century books state there is no dust jacket, “as issued”. The vast majority of the time this claim is not true. Virtually all Altemus books from the 1890’s and later had dust jackets or were boxed. The exception is the rare book in wraps.

The next number of blog posts will illustrate some of these early Altemus dust jackets.

Non Series #131 Stephen: A Soldier of the Cross

This non-series book was published in 1896 and 1898.

The cover formats are all the same but differences exist such that the first edition can be easily distinguished from the later ones.

The dust jacket matches the front of the book. The rear of the jacket is blank.
The paper of the jacket is the usual brown uncoated type.

Altemus dust jackets and boxed books

Frequently sellers of Altemus and other late 19th century books state there is no dust jacket, “as issued”. The vast majority of the time this claim is not true. Virtually all Altemus books from the 1890’s and later had dust jackets or were boxed. The exception is the rare book in wraps.

The next number of blog posts will illustrate some of these early Altemus dust jackets.

Series #114 Kipling Series

This 21 title series of Kipling reprints was published in 1899-1901. The books are somewhat uncommon.
The 1899 books note Henry Altemus not Henry Altemus Company on the title page.

Only one dust jacket format has been noted.

Altemus dust jackets and boxed books

Frequently sellers of Altemus and other late 19th century books state there is no dust jacket, “as issued”. The vast majority of the time this claim is not true. Virtually all Altemus books from the 1890’s and later had dust jackets or were boxed. The exception is the rare book own wraps.

The next number of blog posts will illustrate some of these early Altemus dust jackets.

Series #37 Altemus Library

This 41 title series of reprints was published between 1892 and 1895.
The jackets are plain with the title written at the top of the cover. The back of the jacket has a listing of the titles in the series.

I have seen no other dust jacket formats for this series.

Question & Answer Series 180 Vademecum Series

Q: Hello, I was researching an Altemus book (Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin) on this site, and believe it may be a listed (38 in the first series listed) example, but without a picture. As you can see, the cover is in poor condition, but the pages are all there, with the portrait (frontispiece) being the only detached page. Am I correct to conclude that this is a pre-1897 example? How rare is it? Can you give me any indication of value?

A: Unfortunately you misidentified your book. It is actually part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1915.

It is pictured here: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series180.htm. It originally came within a labeled box. See below.

It is a reprint. In great shape it might be worth a couple of dollars. In this condition it has no monetary value.

Question & Answer Series 82 Ever New Series

Q: Can you help me with a copyright date for this book? Black Beauty

A: Your books is part of the 16 volume Ever New Series and was published in 1915. The first Altemus publication of this title was in 1896 but it was published by other firms previously. All of the Altemus copies of this title are reprints.

The books of this series are identical to the same titles in the Young People’s Library except these books are a bit larger and have the decorative pattern at the base off the front cover. They are much scarcer also.

Here is the same title in the Young People’s Library -Format 3.

Question & Answer Series 180 Vademecum Series

Q: What can you tell me about the attached book (Emerson’s Essays) – date of publication, series, value, etc. Thanks very much.

A: Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1901.

It it a reprint and was originally sold within a labeled box.

Because it is a print of a not very collectible title, it has only nominal value.

Question & Answer Series 180 Vademecum Series

Q: Hi I have the book Line Upon Line, it appears to be very old. It has a copyright stamp of 1897 by Henry Altemus. Just wondering if you could tell me if it’s worth anything? Or maybe you could direct me to someone that may know about this book.

A: Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1900.

It originally was sold within a labeled box. It is a reprint.

This book is worth maybe a couple of dollars.

Question & Answer Series 180 Vademecum Series

Q: I have this Black Beauty book it has written inside by the owner the date August 7, ’05. And I’m 100% sure it’s not 2005 as the book has been in my family as long as I can remember and I’m 80. After looking through your identifications I do not find the exact cover. There is no published date inside and the last pages are listings of publications. I think I’m safe in assuming the book has no monetary value as it appears that many and varied books were printed for all titles. But am curious as to its published date. It’s a cute little book.

A: This book is part of the Vademecum Series and is a reprint as are all of the Vademecum Series’ titles. It was published in 1905-1906. Four different flower patterns have been noted as appliqués’. This year’s books have been seen with various colors and originally came boxed. See below.