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23 Nov 2015 186

Wee Books for Wee Folks

Q:  Attached are photos of a Wee Book that I'm interested in selling - inside cover is blue in case it doesn't come through on the photo.
Can you give me some information. Alice Through the Looking Glass

A:  Your book is part of the Wee Books for Wee Folks Series.

The third format (this book) with the appliqué picture on the front cover includes all of the titles in the series. The dust jacket matched the front cover of the book. (shown here)

There were two Alice books. This one and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Both were published in 1926. The blue endpapers were noted between 1923 and 1926.

These are very collectible books and with a dust jacket could sell for as much as $100. Without, $10-50 is not unreasonable.

This book is much scarcer that the Young People's Library formats of the same title which are frequently listed for more than $100. (Although they seldom sell for more than a fraction of the listing price).

21 Nov 2015 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  I've got a Copy of 'Tales From Shakespeare' by Lamb that doesn't fit the websites information. I would just like to know the actual publication date.

A:  This book was published in 1896 as part of the Vademecum Series.

It is clearly shown on the website at http://www.henryaltemus.com/series/series179.htm.

The titles in this series are all reprints and originally were sold within a labeled box. Other color covers have been seen. See here.

19 Nov 2015 47

Beauxarts Series

Q:  Please help me understand what I have here thank you I appreciate your time and consideration.

A:  You have a reprint that was published in 1898 as part of the Beauxarts Series.

Most of the volumes in this series have only nominal value. Certain titles (Alice in Wonderland for example) are more widely collected and may bring a bit of a premium.

16 Nov 2015 69

Classics Series

Q:  Hi- I have picked up a small book by this company titled Paradise Regained and it also has Samson Agonistes in it. It doesn't have any publishing date and was wondering where I can find more information.

A:  This book is part of the Classics Series / Slip in the Pocket Series and was published between 1909 and the mid teens. It originally came with a dust jacket. A representative jacket is shown here.

It is a reprint.

14 Nov 2015 141

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Thank you so much for be willing to share your time and expertise. It is much appreciated.

A:  Your book is part of the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1895-1896. It originally was published within a labeled box.

During these years the books of this series had a stereotyped left cover pattern and one of numerous designs on the right half of the cover. Some examples are shown here.

It is a reprint with nominal value.

12 Nov 2015 48

Beauxarts Series

Q:  I found this book while cleaning out today. A Christmas Carol. Cannot find a publish date. Some of the pages in the back are falling out.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.

A:  Your book is part of the Beauxarts Series. This title, as all of the books in this series, is a reprint. It was published between 1899 and 1901 and was originally sold within a labeled box.

The volumes of this format have been seen in several different colors. Examples are shown here.

10 Nov 2015 127

Love and Friendship Series

Q:  Hello my name is Telzey. I recently found this book. I dont believe it has much value. (Please correct me if wrong). can you tell me about this book Rip Van Winkle.

A:  This book is part of the Love and Friendship Series and was published in 1901-1904 era. It is a reprint as are all of the titles in this series.

Originally it came with a dust jacket. An example is shown here.

04 Nov 2015 185

Wee Books for Wee Folks

Q:  Can you give me an idea of the value of this book (Peter Rabbit)? Publication date of 1904. Thanks.

A:  One of the most well known of the Henry Altemus titles is the first American edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. It was part of the Wee Books for Wee Folks Series and was published in 1904. This book / edition was part of a two book boxed set. The other book was The Foolish Fox.

Your book is the second American edition, published later in 1904. This book originally came with a dust jacket which matched the front cover of the volume. Sometime between 1908 and 1912 the front cover color was changed to beige. This latter book is the second printing of the second edition. It was published in this format until 1917.

For more information see http://www.henryaltemus.com/peter_rabbit/peterrabbit.htm

02 Nov 2015 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hello. I have a book titled Natural Law in the Spiritual World. I don't know the date of this book, or which edition it is. Would you happen to know? Also, do you know the value of a book like this? Please see attached pictures, and thank you so much for any information you may be able to provide.

A:  Your book was published in 1896 as part of the Vademecum Series.

This title is a reprint as are all of the titles in this series. It has nominal value only.

31 Oct 2015

Altemus Bibles

Q:  I have failed to locate my 1884 Altemus Bible among the photos on your website. Attached is a picture of its cover and title page. I am seeking a source for an approximate current value of the Bible in a "good" condition. The Bible pictured in the attachment suffered water damage.
I would appreciate any source you might direct me to.

A:  Altemus published Bibles on its own imprint as well as for other entities from the 1870's until the turn of the century. Most of these Bibles were large heavy volumes which have not held up well over the years. The weight of the Bible has generally been too much for the binding to support. As of this time I have identified for than 60 different Altemus Bible covers.

These Bibles contain various combinations of ten different textual features. For details see http://www.henryaltemus.com/bibles/bibles.htm

Your Bible is similar to B5. In great shape these Bibles rarely sell for more than $100. In poor shape, they are hard to sell.

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