Perhaps the most popular and longest running series
that Altemus published was the Young People’s Library. From 1895 until
1933 this series was published in varying formats with varying book
lists. It consisted of juvenile fairy tales and stories in addition to
a few nonfiction books.
The multiple formats and their variations as well as the ever changing
numbering can make books from this series somewhat difficult to date.
Complicating the picture is the fact that other Altemus series
occasionally used either the plates, dust jackets or covers for their
books. The Favorite Series, the Ever New Series and the Boys and Girls
Classics are examples.
There are four basic formats. The first two had fairly short print runs
and can be identified easily by the characteristic pattern of the
spines of the books.
Formats 1, 2, 3 & 4 are shown here. The books included within
these formats are shown if you click on Young People's Library Format
1, Format 2, Format 3 or Format 4. Format 1 was published from
1895-1898. Format 2 was published between 1898-1902. Format 3 was
published from 1902-1923. Format 4 was published from 1923-1933.
This series with its multiple formats can be quite hard to understand.
Contact me if you have any questions.