Henry Altemus Company


Series 23 - Motor Boat Club Series

Series Name:
Publish Dates:
Motor Boat Club Series
1909 - 1912
Nautical - Adventure
Series Number:


Title: Author: Year: Illustrator:
1 Motor Boat Club of the Kennebec Hancock, H. Irving 1909  
2 Motor Boat Club at Nantucket Hancock, H. Irving 1909  
3 Motor Boat Club off Long Island Hancock, H. Irving 1909  
4 Motor Boat Club and the Wireless Hancock, H. Irving 1909  
5 Motor Boat Club in Florida Hancock, H. Irving 1909  
6 Motor Boat Club at the Golden Gate Hancock, H. Irving 1909  
7 Motor Boat Club on the Great Lakes Hancock, H. Irving 1912  
8 Motor Boat Club on the Mississippi (Not published) Hancock, H. Irving    


Henry Altemus Company      Format: 1      Volumes: 1 - 7
Green cloth. Lline drawn picture of two boys on a motorboat looking with a searchlight. Dust jacket is uncoated brown matching the book cover. The 1909 book cloth is light green. From 1910 the cloth is darker green. The 1909 jacket has no red while the 1910-1914 has red coloring on the boat. See pictures.

Henry Altemus Company      Format: 2       Volumes: 1 - 7
Book cover as above. White coated multicolored jacket has a line drawn illustration of several boys on a boat (different from the cover illustration).

Henry Altemus Company      Format: 3      Volumes: 1 - 7
Cover as above or multicolored appliqué illustrating two sailors on a boat deck with a sailboat in the background. Dust jacket matches the appliqué.

Series Notes:
1. Walter Hayn illustrated the appliqué.


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Format 1 DJ Early

Format 1 DJ Second

Format 1 DJ Third

Format 1 DJ Latest


Format 2 Dust Jacket

Format 3 Dust Jacket

Format 1 Cover - early

Format 1 Cover - later


Format 3 Applique

Format 3 Cover - later


Motor Boat Club Series Advertising

This September, 1909 ad notes 3 of the 6 Motor Boat Club Series books that were published in 1909. Generally, when a number of books from the same series are copyrighted in the same year, the thought is that they were all released in one group- a breeder set. Looking at the ad below this does not appear to be the case here. The ad mentions the first three books but not the other three that were also copyrighted in 1909. "Others in preparation for early publication". Thus the first three were published before numbers 4-6. Since this ad is from September, the other books must have been published in the last three months of the year. The first three probably were reprinted at that time.


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