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15 Aug 2017 131

Mother Goose Series

Q:  Hello, Attached is the front cover of this book that I recently acquired. Beauty and the Beast

I have looked for similar pictures on your website but could not find the same book.

The book itself is in excellent shape. The DJ is in pieces though.

Could you estimate a value for me as well?

A:  Your book is part of the twelve book Mother Goose Series. It is a format 3 title from this series and was published after 1911.

With a jacket these books generally sell in the range of $15-20. With a tattered jacket it will sell for a bit less.

06 Aug 2017 186

Wee Books for Wee Folks Series

Q:  Hi there, I've recently come into possession of a copy of The Robber Kitten. I was wondering if you could perhaps date this publication for me, or at least help me narrow down the publication period for me. I don't really expect it will be worth all that much, simply because the dust jacket is so ratty, but I just kind of wanted to do some further research into the book for myself. Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated, thanks for taking the time to read my message.

A:  Your book is from Format 3 of the Wee Books for Wee Folks Series. Based on the listing of titles on the back of the jacket it is 1920 book.

Henry Altemus Company - Wee Books for Wee Folks (third format) 186

Value is hard to say. The dust jacket is in tough shape- maybe $20 or so.

31 Jul 2017 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hello, I was wondering if you could help me with this book. We received it as a donation to our church garage sale and I was trying to find out more information about it to help us put a price on it.

Here are some pictures.

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1904.

This title is a reprint.

It originally came in a labeled box. An example is shown here.

Unfortunately in this shape it only has nominal value.

29 Jul 2017 74

Dainty Series

Q:  I found this beautiful little book my grandmother gave to me and I was just curious about it. Tattine
Anything you could tell me about it would be much appreciated.

A:  Your book is part of the Dainty Series. See: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series74.htm

It was published in about 1910.

In 1899 the Dainty Series had the first of five different formats of which this is the fifth.

This book originally had a dust jacket.

This title was published in Formats 2-5. (Format 1 was published in 1899 and has Henry Altemus not Henry Altemus Company on the title page. Otherwise the book is the same as the Format 2 books.)

27 Jul 2017 55

Bo-Peep Series

Q:  Hello, I wanted to find out as much about this book and it's value as i can. Song of Sixpence

A:  Your book is part of the eight title anonymously written Bo-Peep Series and was published in 1905. See: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series55.htm

It originally had a dust jacket.

It has nominal value only.

22 Jul 2017 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hello, I was hoping someone could provide me with some information on this book I found while cleaning out my grandmother’s attic. The Pilgrim's Progress

Here are some photos.

Is there a way to date this book? And find out what the value is?

A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published between 1909-1912. All the titles in this series are reprints.

This year’s books originally came within a labeled box. See here.

Your title is not especially collectible and is worth a couple of dollars.

20 Jul 2017 50

Belles-Lettres Series

Q:  I have a hard cover book "Conversation" by Thomas DeQuincey copyrighted 1896 by Henry Altemus. What can you tell me about it?

A:  Your book was published in 1896 and is part of the Belles-Lettres Series.

See: http://henryaltemus.com/series/series50.htm

This fifty title series contains only reprints.

Generally these books only have nominal value. In poor shape they have no monetary value.

18 Jul 2017 202

Young People's Library Format 1

Q:  Hello, I have an old Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, I have looked endlessly for the exact copy but was not successful. I was hoping you could help me out, thank You! It's a 1896 edition and it stumps me.

A:  Your book is part of The Young People’s Library, Format 1. Alice was first published in this series in 1895. Based on the ads your book was published in late 1897/ early 1898.

This is usually a book that is in great demand although in this shape, that would not be the case.

16 Jul 2017 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Could you please tell me when this book was published? Lowell's Poems

A:  This book is from the Vademecum Series and was published in 1905-1906. It has nominal value only.

During 1905-1906 the book covers have been seen with four different flower pictures.

All the books in this long running publisher’s series are reprints.

This year's titles were published within a labeled box. See here.

14 Jul 2017 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  I have a volume - The Chimes - Charles Dickens - published by Henry Altemus Company. I am assuming this was published after 1900, but cannot find the cover in all the information on your website. I volunteer for a library and we received this as a donation and would like to put it up for sale on our website. Can you please help? My closest guess is 1907, but I can't tell if it is part of a series. Thank you - attached is a picture of the cover

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1907.

This series was a long running publisher's series of reprints.

In 1907 more than 40 different pictures have been seen on the cover appliqué.

These books originally were sold within labeled boxes. See here.

It has nominal value only.

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