Henry Altemus Company


Series 43 - Arkansaw Bear Series

Series Name:
Publish Dates:
Arkansaw Bear Series
1902 - 1909
Children's stories
Series Number:


Title: Author: Year: Illustrator:
1 Arkansaw Bear Paine, Albert Bigelow 1902 Ver Beck, Frank
2 Elsie and the Arkansaw Bear Paine, Albert Bigelow 1909 Ver Beck, Frank
3 Arkansaw Bear Complete Paine, Albert Bigelow 1929 Ver Beck, Frank


Henry Altemus Company      Format: 1      Volumes: 1 - 2
Cloth. Green or red. The front cover has a multicolored line drawn picture of the Arkansaw Bear and other characters from the book. Prior to 1915 the dust jacket which matches the book cover is uncoated brown. After 1914 the dust jacket is coated white. 7 x 5.

Henry Altemus Company      Format: 2      Volumes: Book 3
Orange or red cloth. Gold gilt, green and orange picture of two children dancing with the fiddle playing bear. The dust jacket matches the book. 9 x 7.

Series Notes:
1. Altemus did not group these two books together as a series initially. Even after #2 was published in 1909 the books were listed by Altemus with numerous other non series books.
2. Volume 3 contains a complete copy of the first two books.
3. Volume 2- Later has "Printed in the United States of America" at the bottom of the copyright page. This indicates a 1922 or later publication date.





#2 Dust Jacket



#3 Dust Jacket




Having the first edition of a book is great. Having the first copy of a book with an author's inscription is even better. Here is the ultimate (at least to me). An author's inscription to the dedicatee which states "first copy". Shown below are the cover of the book, Paine's inscription and the dedication page from the book.

Albert Bigelow Paine wrote several books that were published by Henry Altemus. Paine is most widely known for his four volume Mark Twain biography. But he also wrote a number of other books including Altemus' three volume Arkansaw Bear Series.


This two page flyer advertises The Arkansaw Bear by Albert Bigelow Paine. It is 6.25" x 3.5". It advertises book #1 in the series. The pamphlet has a number of illustrations by Frank Ver Beck. These pictures are all in the book.

This advertising piece was probably published 1902-1910 time frame.



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