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)
Q: Looking for info on this book, Allegories of the Heart, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Any info you can offer would be much appreciated. Thanks!
A: Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1905-1906.
It originally came within a labeled box. An example is below.
It is a reprint with nominal value only.
Q: I believe that this book was published in 1888 w/Grimm’s Goblins. Inside are ten beautiful illustrations. There is an introduction by John Ruskin but no publication date, etc.
It is in excellent condition. Can you give me the estimated value of this book?
A: Your book was published in 1918. Henry Altemus Co – Non Series #64
Without the dust jacket, even in nice condition, it is worth less than $20.
Shown below is the other 1918 format.
Q: Hello, I was wondering if you could give me any info on this copy of THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM. Any info would be help full I believe it’s cover is suede?
A: The Grolier Series is a 28 volume group of ooze-calf covered titles. They are all reprints which were published by Altemus in 1904.
Green, brown and red color covers have been seen. These books originally came within a labeled box.
Q: Was wondering if you could tell me a bit about this edition of Black Beauty? Thanks for your time.
A: Your book is part of the Boys and Girls Classics Series. Henry Altemus Company – Boys and Girls Classics (new) Series 57
This series of fifteen reprints was published between 1908 and 1926. The internal text and title page comes from the plates of Young People’s Library books.
The cover is a linen swatch. For more about the linen swatches see the webpage for this series.