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22 Jan 2016 69

Classics Series

Q:  Hi! Any info on this title? Macbeth

A:  Hello, This book is either part of the Classics Series or the Slip in the Pocket Series. Without the dust jacket it is impossible to tell. It was published sometime between 1907 and the early teens.

The front cover of the jacket names the series. Examples shown here and here.

All of the books of these series are reprints. Since your title is very common and not in great demand, it has little value.


20 Jan 2016 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  I was recently going through some old books I have that either came from my grandmotherís house or from a library book sale. Iím thinking it came from my grandmotherís house, though, as there are no library markings on it. Longfellow's Poems Volume II

Anyway, I was curious as to when it was published; but there is no date listed anywhere in the book. So I did some research on your website and have come to the conclusion that it was either printed in 1903 or 1904. I found a picture of a book with the same cover, but different title on your website. This is based on information I found on your website at the links below:

http://www.henryaltemus.com/series/series143.htm

http://www.henryaltemus.com/series/images/S143_1903_v224.jpg

Attached are a picture of the cover and of the inside title page. Would you say this is a rather accurate assessment of the publishing date?

As you can see, itís not in the greatest of shape; but I donít really care about that as I love antiques. And if it did come from my grandmotherís house, it also has sentimental value. I find it interesting that it starts at page 187, though. But Iím assuming thatís because itís Volume II.

Anyway, I was just curious to know what else you may know about it; and I thought you may find these pictures interesting.


A:  Your research is right on target. This title is part of a publisher's series. These series which were produced by numerous firms generally included a number of books that required no author reimbursement. All the titles here were reprints.

In this series the cover had a stereotypical left sided pedestal design and one of 16 flower pictures on the right. The volumes originally came within a labeled box. (An example is here.)

Interestingly the pedestal design area has been seen in beige (most common), blue, pink and this format was also published in ooze calf (least common).


18 Jan 2016 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  I recently purchased this book entitled "Marmion" by Sir Walter Scott. Any information you can provide about its provenance and value would be greatly appreciated.

A:  Your book was published in 1905-1906 as part of the Petit Trianon Series.

It is a reprint and originally came within a labeled box. See an example here.

During this format's run, the book covers had one of four flower designs.

It has nominal value only.


14 Jan 2016 48

Beauxarts Series

Q:  I was given this book by my Grandmother and am looking for information on it. Particularly if it is rare, what it's value may be and a market for trade. Silas Marner

A:  Your book was published as part of the Beauxarts Series between 1899-1901. As with all of the titles in this series, it is a reprint. This format was printed in a variety of color covers. It was originally sold within a labeled box.

This title is not very collectible and has little, if any, value.


12 Jan 2016 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hi, I've recently come across a copy of A Wonder Book from between 1890-1899. Attached are a few photos. I was hoping you could tell me a publishing date & a value, as I cannot seem to find a similar copy online; besides 1 rare $6,000.00 copy.

I look forward to hearing back from you (hopefully with good news), & thank you in advance for taking the time out of your day to look at my book.


A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1898. It is a reprint and originally came within a labeled box.

It is worth maybe a few dollars.


10 Jan 2016 57

Boys and Girls Classics

Q:  I have this book in my collection and just read about the series on your website. Am curious about its value. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

A:  This book is part of the Boys and Girls Classics Series.

The fifteen titles in this series were published between 1908 and 1926. They are all reprints from titles previously published within the Young People's Library.

The cover on this book is one of several different ones used. These volumes came within a floral decorated box.

Most of the titles in this series have little value but the Alice books are very collectible. $25-50 would be reasonable.


08 Jan 2016 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hi, I came across this book (Poems) and I am curious about its history. I can't seem to find a copyright in the book. Is it a rare book and do you know if it has any value? Thank you.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.


A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1902. All of the titles in this series are reprints and only very collectible ones have any value.

This book only has nominal value.


05 Jan 2016 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  I have this old book what is the value attached pictures for your viewing. My Point of View

A:  This book is from the Vademecum Series and was published in 1898.

As with all of the volumes in this series, it is a reprint. Since it is a title that has very little collector interest, its value is quite limited. I would think anything more than a few dollars would be a very fortunate sale.


03 Jan 2016 198

Wyncote Series

Q:  Hello, Could you also tell me what the value is?
I just recently purchased a hardback of the Christmas Carol. It has no date on when it was printed. Just wondering if you can put any light on this. It does have an inscription from the original owner dated 1931.


A:  The four books of the Wyncote Series were published in 1927.

They originally had dust jackets. The jacket for this book is shown here.

This is a very collectible title but without the jacket it is only one of hundreds and hundreds of reprints that were published in this era.

A price guess would be $10-20.


01 Jan 2016 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Do you have any information about the book (Black Rock)? Like publish date, and the like.

A:  This book is part of the Petit Trianon Series. The titles in this publisher's series were all reprints. Books with this cover were published in 1908 and 1909 and originally were sold within a labeled box (See here).

This title is not in great demand so without the box it only has nominal value.


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