Trif and Trixy by John Habberton 1897
1897 Title Page
As can be seen in the
advertisement below, this book was a big seller. The earlier editions
list Trif and Trixy for sale at 35 cents in the ads as opposed to 50
cents in the later books. (See ad pages below)
December 1897 -
Here is an 1897 autograph found in an 1897 Trif and Trixy book. The
book was presented to A. B. Paine (Albert Bigelow Paine). Paine
authored a number of Altemus publications including the Arkansaw
Here is another autographed copy of Trif and Trixy. Opposite the
signature is a picture of the author, John Habberton. This is a
post-1900 book. The signature is dated in 1921. John Habberton died in
For more information, http://henryaltemus.com/blog/?p=2098.
A Phantom Series is
one that is advertised but never published. Altemus advertised a boy’s
series called the Ben Lightbody Series in the 1912-1914 era. The series
was noted in numerous book and print ads. For whatever reason it was
I have just come across another phantom series. It is mentioned in a
periodical called the Critic. The excerpt below comes from the June 19,
There is no evidence that the "American Series" was ever published.
Trif and Trixy was published in 1897. Of great interest is that
although many copies (in red and green) show the 1897 date at the base
of the title page, there is a way to distinguish the very rare first
edition from the later edition.
Look carefully at the page below which is the last page of ads in the
back of the book. The earlier 1897 book lists Trif and Trixy at 35
cents whereas the later lists it at 50 cents. Subtle but real. Of
course, there is no evidence it was offered at 30 cents which is the
phantom series price.
on the American Series, click