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12 Apr 2016 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Hi, I tried to send from website but I could not. Can you help with information on this? I was so surprised to see your website and the amount of books. Through the Looking Glass

A:  This book is a part of the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1901-1902.

All of the titles in this series are reprints. Several formats of this style exist. On the right half of the cover one of 16 different flower pictures were used. On the left half the lady and her decoration are either in beige, pink or blue. The beige is the most common with the blue being quite scarce.

Originally the box was sold within a labeled box.


10 Apr 2016 50

Belle-Lettres Series

Q:  I was hoping to find out some information about this book (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow). It looks like a Belles-lettres series but I am having trouble finding out much. Is there anything you can tell me about it? If the copyright date really is 1896, etc. thank you so much.

A:  Your book is part of the Belle-Lettres Series.

This series of 31 books was published in 1896 and 1897. A number of different cover formats have been seen.

Your book was first published by Altemus in 1896 but the Altemus printing is a late reprint. The first edition of this story appeared in 1820.


05 Apr 2016 202

Young People's Library

Q:  I have a book entitled Lives of the Presidents of the United States, 1896 copyright by Henry Altemus. It is listed as book 13 on your list. It is blue cloth, with Altemus' name on the spine. The Presidents range from George Washington to Benjamin Harrison. The book is in fairly good condition, except the spine is loose, but still attached. The original cost of the book is listed inside as .50. I am eager to learn if this book is considered antique and if so, what is the estimated value.

A:  This title was published in the Young People's Library between 1896 and about 1913. Three different formats have been seen.

The books can be dated by noting the last president mentioned in the text. The earliest book therefore ends with Grover Cleveland while the latest book notes Woodrow Wilson.

I have not seen a book which lists only to Harrison who finished his term in 1893. Since this title was not published until 1896, it is hard to know why your book does not list Cleveland.

See http://henryaltemus.com/blog/?p=832.


03 Apr 2016 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Hello, I found this book and was wondering how old and how much is it worth. The is no title page and I had no idea who the author was until I looked it up. The Chimes. Thank you.

A:  Your book is part of the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1908-1909.

It was originally sold within a labeled box. See here.

It is a late reprint and only has nominal value.


01 Apr 2016

Non Series #64

Q:  Do you recognize this book/cover and could you possibly give me any info as to age, value, and edition? Grimm's Fairy Tales

A:  1922 edition. See Non Series #64 Grimm's Fairy Tales

In mediocre condition without the dust jacket this book is worth between $10 and $20.


30 Mar 2016 78

Dore's Masterpieces

Q:  Die Dore Bibel - Gallerie

Enter according to Act of Congress, in the year 1890 By Henry Altemus in the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington D. C.
Illustrirt von Gustave Dore’
Completely in German with pictures
Excellent Condition

Is this worth anything?


A:  This series of seven books is among the most desired of Altemus publications. Even though the titles are relatively easy to find in one of the formats, the Dore illustrations are still quite widely collected.

Die Dore Bibel Gallerie is the least commonly found title in the series. It is a German translation of the Dore Bible Gallery which is also part of the series.

See Dore's Masterpieces for more information.


28 Mar 2016 115

La Belle Fleur Series

Q:  To whom it may concern; I was wondering if you could give me some information on this book? A Christmas Carol (Such as publish date and is it part of a set.) Thank you.

A:  Your book is part of the La Belle Fleur Series and was published only in 1901. All 115 titles in this series are reprints.

The cover pattern for all of the volumes is the same but the colors varied. These books had dust jackets.


25 Mar 2016 75

Devotional Series

Q:  Can you help me identify this book? Holy in Christ

A:  This book is a first format book from the Devotional Series. The format was published between 1895 and the late 1890's.

It originally came within a labeled box.


23 Mar 2016 58

Boys and Girls Classics

Q:  My daughter found this at estate sale in Michigan. (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) It is a withdrawn copy from Saginaw library. In the back the Vademecum, Young People's Library and Historical Series are listed. What would be the estimated publication date?

A:  This book is from the Boys and Girls Classics Series. These books were published between 1899-1906. Your volume could not have been an 1899 issue since Altemus incorporated in 1900 and your book noted Henry Altemus Company on the title page.

Thus it was published between 1900 and 1906. It can be dated exactly by using the flow chart on the website and the advertisements in the back of your volume.

The titles in this series are all reprints and originally came within a labeled box, an example of which is shown here.


21 Mar 2016 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Poe's Poems... absolutely no dates??? Hope you can help... 1000 thanks.

A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1904. All of the titles in this series are reprints.

Each year to two the cover changed and was characteristic for that year. In 1904 the covers were seen in a number of different colors and there were four different flower appliques. Your book's flower is Queen Anne's Lace.

The 1904 volumes came within a labeled box. An example is shown here.


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