Question & Answer Series 143 Petit Trianon Series

Q: I have a old book that says published in 1898… Titled “What is Art” do you know anything of this one?
Strange thing is … There’s a pic of a little girl in the back, that appears to be a sketch .. But she has period clothing on and hair was on shoulders and curly.. Big bow in it.. Holding an umbrella?

A: Your book was published in 1899 as part of the Petit Trianon Series.
During this year the volumes in this series all had the same decoration on the left part of the front cover. On the right half there were numerous decorative patterns seen. All the books within this series are reprints. They were originally sold within a labeled box. (See below)