Q: Good Afternoon, I am curious about this little book I have enjoyed reading. Addresses by Phillips Brooks.
I could not find a cover like this one on the Internet.
It feels lovely in the hand-sturdy, and heavy for its size.
A: Your book was published in 1895 and is part of the Devotional Series.
It originally came in a labeled box.
It is a reprint and only has nominal value.
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 http://henryaltemus.com/reprints/saalfield.html
Two Saalfield jackets have been seen for this series.
Q: Would love to know a little more about this book. I have attached a couple of pics.
A: Your book is part of a publisher’s series of reprints called the Sanspareil Series. It was published in 1898.
Originally it had a dust jacket. See below.
Q: I was wondering how much you would think this is worth? I read you description about the book but could not see the pricing. Poems, Longfellow
A: Your book is part of the Valenciennes Series and was published in 1898.
It is a reprint which is not in great demand by collectors.
It only has nominal value.
Q: I acquired this book, The House of the Seven Gables, recently and am wondering about the year it was published. I would be grateful if you could give me this information!
A: Your book was published in 1908-1909. It originally came within a labeled box. See below.
It is part of the Petit Trianon Series and is a reprint.
It only has nominal value.
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: http://www.henryaltemus.com/wee_books/index.htm
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: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series175.htm
In this shape it has no monetary value.
Q: No date?
A: This book is part of the Vademecum Series. This series changed the cover year by year. This cover was published in 1897 and was seen in numerous colors. See:Henry Altemus Company – Vademecum Series (early numbering) 179
It was originally sold within a labeled box. See below for an example.
Q: Can you please tell me the value of this book? Jack and the Bean-Stalk
A: This book is part of the ten volume Wee Folks Cinderella Series. All of the books are reprints and originally came with dust jackets (see below). It originally was published in 1923 and then reprinted many times over the next ten years. In this shape this book has no monetary value.
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.