Question & Answer Series 141 Petit Trianon Series

Q: Attached is a photo of a book of Poems by your company by Edgar Allan Poe. Dated 1895 with hand written inscription on Christmas of 1986 “love from Nell”. Your website said to send a photo of cover of book.

A: This book is part of the Petit Trianon Series. This publisher’s series of reprints was printed between 1895-1910. Every year or two the cover of the titles within the series was changed. This cover was published in 1896. Several cover color variations have been seen.

Question & Answer Series 125 Little Men and Women Series

Q: Dear Henry Altemus Expert,

What an amazing website you have put together! Such dedication.

I’m writing because I have a copy of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass that matches your Little Men and Women Series, Number 125, #3.

The cover has a fair amount of soil on it and the hinge is quite loose, and there are two people that have written their name on the free end paper in pencil, and then erased it. Can you tell me if there’s any value to this book?

A: Between 1907 and 1925 this title was published with the same cover picture with several different color combinations. It is a combination book which contains two stories by Lewis Carroll.

Alice collectors are always looking for different formats of this title. Thus, a value of $25 or more is not unreasonable.

Here is a picture of several dust jackets that were seen during the course of this series’ life.

Question & Answer Series 131 Mother Goose Series

Q: Hello, Attached is the front cover of this book that I recently acquired. Beauty and the Beast

I have looked for similar pictures on your website but could not find the same book.

The book itself is in excellent shape. The DJ is in pieces though.

Could you estimate a value for me as well?

A: Your book is part of the twelve book Mother Goose Series. It is a format 3 title from this series and was published after 1911.

With a jacket these books generally sell in the range of $15-20.
With a tattered jacket it will sell for a bit less.

Here is a picture off the book’s cover as well as Format 1 and 2 pictures of this title.

 
Format 1
Format 2

Question & Answer Series 186 Wee Books for Wee Folks Series

Q: Hi there, I’ve recently come into possession of a copy of The Robber Kitten. I was wondering if you could perhaps date this publication for me, or at least help me narrow down the publication period for me. I don’t really expect it will be worth all that much, simply because the dust jacket is so ratty, but I just kind of wanted to do some further research into the book for myself.
Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated, thanks for taking the time to read my message.

A: This book is part of the Wee Books for Wee Folks Series, Format 3. This format was published between 1917 and 1931. Based on the dust jacket, the last title listed, Wee Folks Life of Christ, was published in 1920. So a fair guess is a publication date of 1920-1921. The ads in the back and the endpapers can also help with dating. This dating information is given here: http://henryaltemus.com/wee_books/index.htm

Value is hard to say. The dust jacket is in tough shape- maybe $20 or so.

Question & Answer Series 180 Vademecum Series

Q: Hello, I was wondering if you could help me with this book. We received it as a donation to our church garage sale and I was trying to find out more information about it to help us put a price on it.

Here are some pictures:

A: Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1904.

This title is a reprint.

It originally came in a labeled box. An example is shown below.

Unfortunately in this shape it only has nominal value.

Question & Answer Series 74 Dainty Series

Q: I found this beautiful little book my grandmother gave to me and I was just curious about it. Tattine
Anything you could tell me about it would be much appreciated.

A: Your book is part of the Dainty Series. See: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series74.htm

It was published in about 1910.

In 1899 the Dainty Series had the first of five different formats of which this is the fifth.

This book originally had a dust jacket.

This title was published in Formats 2-5. (Format 1 was published in 1899 and has Henry Altemus not Henry Altemus Company on the title page. Otherwise the book is the same as the Format 2 books.)

Format 2

Format 3

Format 4

Format 5

Series 180 Vademecum Series

In almost every year the books of the Vademecum Series were originally sold within labeled boxes. Here is a picture of the 1912-1913 box.

Other years are shown below.

1915

1912-1913

1909-1912

1908

1907

1907

1905-1906

1904

1903

Question & Answer Series 180 Vademecum Series

Q: Hello, I was hoping someone could provide me with some information on this book I found while cleaning out my grandmother’s attic. The Pilgrim’s Progress
Here are some photos.
Is there a way to date this book? And find out what the value is?

A: This book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published between 1909-1912.

All the titles in this series are reprints.

This year’s books originally came within a labeled box. See below.

Your title is not especially collectible and is worth a couple of dollars.