Q: I have a wonderful old book (Walden) and would like to know if you can tell me about it. I don’t even know when it was published. Thank you in advance for any information you may have.
A: Your book can be found here with the 1904 books. http://henryaltemus.com/series/series180.htm
It is part of the Vademecum Series which was a long running series of reprints. Four different paste-on flower patterns have been noted in your book’s format.
This book originally came in a labeled box.
Since it is a reprint of a not very popular title, it has only nominal value.
Q: Dear Henry Altemus company,
I am in possession of a book (A Christmas Carol) that I am selling for my church, I was wondering what the value range is? I have attached a picture; any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
A: Your book belongs to the eight volume Yuletide Series. http://henryaltemus.com/series/series203.htm
This series of suede cover books can be found in green or red. Originally the books which were published between 1912 and 1916 came in a labeled box.
As is clear from the title, most of the books have a Christmas theme. They are relatively common and generally sell for about $10.
Since it is now the holiday season bidders may not be very logical and bid it up for more than it is worth. This is a great time to sell this book.
Q: Hi, I am hoping you can help me date a book. My grandmother is moving and as we were packing came across a few books we didn’t want to put in with the estate sale. I found a post and you were discussing the same book (The House of the Seven Gables), however, the cover appears to be different than the one described. I am attaching two photos. One of the cover, and the other of the inside of the book with the publisher info. There is not a copyright date in this book. Any information would be appreciated as this is a “family treasure” we would like to preserve for our future generations.
A: Your book can be found with the 1904 Vademecum Series books here: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series180.htm
During this year there were four different flower patterns used. They can be seen in the picture section of the site noted above.
In terms of value, because of its average shape and it being a not very collectible title, it only has sentimental value.
Q: Hi, I am sure this happen all the time but I can’t find a date on this book (Black Beauty). I am wondering if you can tell me the age? The pages are uneven and really rough cut. The illustrations are mostly black but I think there are 3 or 4 color ones. This one does not have any copyright from what I can see. I have thought of giving this to a family member but don’t want to let it go if it is valuable.
A: I believe that this book was first published in 1915 and then reprinted for a few years thereafter.
It is a late reprint of this title.
Although a very nice book with great illustrations, because there are just so many editions of this title it has no significant value.
See: Rosemonte Series
Q: Hi, I just bought this book at an auction (Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter). It was among a lot of books. Can you tell me anything about it?
I can send you other pictures if you need them.
A: Your book is part of Series #85. See http://henryaltemus.com/series/series85.htm
This was one of Altemus’ early series. Despite its age, this book is fairly common and has only nominal value.
Q: Hi I have a copy of Thoreau’s Walden published in 1899 by Altemus publishing…
I couldn’t figure out what series this book was from.
I am thinking about selling this book, and was wondering if I am in possession of a rare or valuable book?
A: Your book can be found here http://henryaltemus.com/series/series180.htm with the 1902 volumes.
It is part of the Vademecum Series.
It is neither rare nor valuable.
Q: Attached is a picture of the front of a book I received that was my father’s. Published in 1921 by the Henry Altemus Company the book is titled, “The Old Time Story of the Three Bears” by Kenneth Graham Duffield. It is written in rhyme. I didn’t find it in your list of books. Any info on the history, etc. would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
A: You can find your book here: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series188.htm
This ten book series consisting of various fairy tales originally was published beginning in 1921. Books were added until 1923. Thereafter the books were reprinted a number of times.
All the books originally came in dust jackets.
Q: I looked on your website to see what book I have and the front cover is not the same of any other Robinson Crusoe cover you show on your website. Just wondering how I can find out more about the book I got through my family. See attached image of book cover. Each page has a fancy light blue border with black printed font.
A: I believe the book picture you have sent is exactly like the one here: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series64.htm.
This series of ten books all originally came with dust jackets and in nice condition are very collectible.
Q: Hi, I recently found this book at a local Library book sale (A Child’s Story of the Bible). I really liked the inlay and engravings etc, and with a copyright of 1895, I imagine it has it’s own story. Not that it matters but I was curious that maybe it was worth something? I could not find it online, so I wondered what you make of it. Thank you.
A: Your book is part of the Young People’s Library- Format 1. You can find it shown here http://henryaltemus.com/series/series202F1.htm as #5.
Although it is an early or first edition of this title (check the ads to see which), it is not in the best shape and has little collector interest.
Although sometimes I am quite surprised at the prices that certain books sell for, your book generally would only sell for a few dollars if it sells at all.
This ten book series is similar to the Wee Books for Wee Folks Series. See http://henryaltemus.com/series/series186.htm
The small books (5.5 x 4.25) have grey cloth with a 2.5 x 3.5 book appropriate color illustration as a paste-on (applique).
All the books have dust jackets. The book shown below is book #4 (The Old, Old Story of Poor Cock Robin). With the addition of this jacket picture, nine of the ten books in the data base are jacketed.
The tenth, The Story of Chicken Little, is shown without its jacket. See http://henryaltemus.com/series/series188.htm