Q: Hello! I am working at vetting some books for a local organization, and I was hoping you could help me. Attached is a picture of the cover of one of the Altemus publications of Hawthorne’s Mosses From and Old Manse.
I can make an accurate judgement of value based on condition and, interestingly (see attached) the fact that this book was the personal volume of our local writer, August Derleth, but I am having a little harder time determining exactly which Altemus edition this is and thus basic value from that. I have seen another version of this that looks identical but with a green/red coloring, so this makes it even a little harder to determine.
Also, if you could give me publication date for this edition – I cannot find it in the book – that would be wonderful.
Thank you for your help!
A: Your book is part of the Beauxarts Series and was published in 1897. All of the books in this series are reprints and originally came in a labeled slipcase box. The covers of the Beauxarts’ books in this year have been seen in a number of different colors.
No one color is scarcer or more valuable than any other.
Because of its reprint status it only has nominal value unless the Derleth provenance is significant to a buyer.