Q: I have the Emerson Essays – second edition – dated 1899
I’ve looked through your site and not able to find a value for it, any help you could give would be appreciated.
A: Your book can be found here: Petit Trianon Series It was published in 1899 and is a reprint. There are no book values listed on the site.
Although I can give you a rough idea of what this book has sold for over the past 10 years or so, frequently the prices paid are so unpredictable that my opinion is rather meaningless.
But regardless of that, in my opinion your book only has nominal value.
Q: Each Christmas as I get this book out (A Christmas Carol) I try to find some information about it. My guess is it is from 1910 because of the illustrations but I am not sure. If I missed any information on your site, I apologize. Sometimes all that information is overwhelming to someone not used to working through all of the headings. I send this with the hope that you can tell me more about this book.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
A: Your book can be found here: Wyncote Series. It was published in 1927.
The books of this series have a number of possible small symbols on the lower right of the cover.
Here is a picture of the dust jacket that originally went with your book.
This four book series ( http://henryaltemus.com/series/series192.htm) was published between 1914 and 1932. Here is a new picture for the data base. The Format 3 book was published between 1924 and 1932. Below the dust jacket for this format along with the book is pictured. As is frequently the case, the jacket matches the cover of the book.
Format 3 Dust Jacket
This non series book was published in 1897 and 1898. The books came with both maroon and blue cloth covers.
The first editions have 1897 on the title page and have gold gilt lettering. The later 1897 books and the 1898 editions have silver gilt lettering. The interiors of both editions are identical.
1897 First Edition
1897 First Edition
The Love and Friendship Series (http://henryaltemus.com/series/series127.htm) is multi-authored, multivolume series of fiction, poetry and essays that has five different formats. Several of the formats have different stereotypical designs (patterns) on the left half of the front cover and one of sixteen different flowers pictured on the right half.
The first format has been seen with eight different flowers on the right half of the cover and Format 2 with eleven flowers. Presented here is only the second flower seen on a Format 4 book. This is the Violet(2) picture.
Series #110 In His Name Series (http://henryaltemus.com/series/series110.htm) has the same five formats as the Love and Friendship Series. So far in that series I have only four different flowers for Format 1, eleven flowers in Format 2 and three in Format 4.
As I have mentioned before, with very few exceptions all of the books that Altemus published after 1889 came with a dust jacket or within a box. Here is an example of a slide-in box that housed books that made up Format 5 of the Devotional Series. As was also frequently the case, books that were boxed came with a flimsy tissue like jacket. Here is an example.
Many of the books of this series had subtle cover color changes over the course of the years. Format 2 of the Young People’s Library http://henryaltemus.com/series/series202F2.htm was published between 1898 and 1902. This new “Adventures in Toyland” which is being added to the database today has gold gilt lettering on the cover. Otherwise it is identical to the other “Adventures in Toyland” already in the database which has silver gilt lettering. Both books have green endpapers with ads that have 16 pages ending with Ellis’s Young People’s Histories (1901).
This series consists of four volumes. Eight different formats are known. The book shown here is from Format 7, the half Morocco binding.
For more information see: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series174.htm.
Q: i am looking for the value of Uncle Tom’s Cabin published in Philadelphia by Henry Altemus Company. It is not dated and in good condition. I have done several searches but cannot find this book with the cover i have.
Thank you for any information you may offer.
A: Your book can be found with the 1907 Petit Trianon books. See http://henryaltemus.com/series/series143.htm. These books originally came within a labeled box.
There are a lot of collectors who are interested in the various reprints of this title.
Probably you would get between $10-30.
Q: i’ve had this book since 1975. the title is “laddie” copyrighted in 1897 by henry altemus. i was wondering about the history of the book. also wondering what a book like that is worth.
A: Your book can be found here: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series127.htm
This series of 33 books originally came with dust jackets. There are five different formats that evolved over the 11 year publication history (1901-1912)
Since it is a reprint of a not very collectible title without the original dust jacket, it only has nominal value.