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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.

30 Dec 2015 57

Boys and Girls Classics

Q:  To Whom It May Concern:
I am helping my Aunt find out more about a book her father owned. I came across your website and wanted to ask you about our Robinson Crusoe book. I am including 3 pictures of our cloth bound book and was wondering if you could tell us about its value and whether or not it is a part of a series or not. We could not find a thing about this particular book on your website. Now we are even more curious. Any information you could tell us would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and thoughtful consideration.

A:  This book is part of Series 57 Boys and Girls Classics.

The 15 titles in this series were published with various linen swatches as covers between 1908 and 1926. The internal text and illustrations are identical to the previously published title when it was part of the Young People's Library.

The cover of your book is the most commonly found in this series and was published between 1908 and the early teens. These books originally were sold within a labeled floral pictured box. An example is shown here.

Your book has nominal value.

28 Dec 2015 114

Kipling Series

Q:  Hello, I have a Kipling book: With the Main Guard. It doesn't have a year, but it states Philadelphia: Henry Altemus behind cover. It's a small 65 page book, leather-bound; from the library of Robert W. Speck. What do you think the year is? And perhaps value. Thank you so much.

A:  This Kipling title only appeared in one Altemus series, The Kipling Series. The 21 title series was published in 1899. There is only one format. These small volumes (6.25" x 4.25") are relatively uncommon and dust jacketed books can be considered rare.

A representative book and dust jacket is shown here.

24 Dec 2015

Photo Art Gallery Album

Q:  Good morning. I have one of the "rare" Henry Altemus photo gallery album. It is unused and is in exceptional condition, some foxing.

It is all original. 16 pages 8x10. Spots for photos back to back. It is the one with all the various important figures, presidents, poets, statesmen, etc. around where the photo sits. It has all the index pages, the advertising card that has the lovell advert and how you can use it for cutting to size your cabinet photos.

Can you possibly tell me an estimated value?

A:  I believe you are describing the Photo Art Gallery Album. (http://www.henryaltemus.com/albums/photoalbums.htm)

This scarce album was copyrighted by Altemus in 1888 but published by the Lovell Manufacturing Company in Erie, Pennsylvania.

My edition is the same as yours in that it is 8" x 10" and has 16 pages. Each page can hold one cabinet card on the front and one on the back.

As can be seen in a sample page shown here, every page has a certain category, i. e. president's page, author's page, etc.

In good condition this album certainly is worth roughly $150.

19 Dec 2015 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hi there,
Would you be able to identify this book, please? I couldn’t find it in any edition on your web site. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Kind regards

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1908.

It is a reprint as are all of the titles in this long running publisher's series.

It originally came within a labeled box. See here.

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