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01 May 2013 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Hello, I have an old Evangeline book and have no idea when it was published, I have searched your site and have not found it. I have attached some pictures. If you could let me know that would be great.

A:  This book is part of the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1899. It is a reprint and originally came in a labeled box.

In this shape it has no collector value.

30 Apr 2013 202

Young People's Library

Q:  Hello ~ my father gifted me the copy of Black Beauty his father received December 25, 1914: the date is inside the cover along with his name. I have looked all through the book to try and identify the date it was printed to no avail. Ive also gone through your website and did not find the cover so I was happy to see to I had the opportunity to take a picture and send it to you.

I appreciate any info you may be able to relay to me on our little piece of history!

A:  Your book is pictured on the website. This book is part of the Young People's Library. I cannot determine which format (2 or 3) it is part of by looking only at the cover. The different formats can easily be distinguished by the particular spine pattern.

The way to get more information about your book is to go here: ../ypl/index.htm. Click on the appropriate Format based on the spine design of your book.

Format 2 was published between 1898 and 1902 whereas Format 3 was published between 1903-1923.

29 Apr 2013 69

Classics Series

Q:  We have an old copy of Undine. Doesn't seem to exactly fit any of your photos or descriptions. Small, green cloth cover. 5 1/2" x 4 1/8". Photo attached. Thanks in advance for any info.

A:  This book is part of the Classics Series. It was published between 1907-1909 and originally came in a dust jacket.

28 Apr 2013 55

Bo Peep Series

Q:  I can't find this book anywhere? Little Miss Muffet

A:  This book is part of the eight book Bo-Peep Series. These books were published in 1905 and originally had dust jackets. Each book in the series has a book appropriate paste-on on the front cover.

27 Apr 2013 141

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  I looked at the website but could not find this particular cover, I just wanted to know if you had an idea of how old this book is. The book is Addresses by Phillips Brooks. Thank you.

A:  Your book is part of the Petit Trianon Series and was published in 1897. During this year the books all came in labeled boxes.

22 Apr 2013 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Hi, Someone gave me this book (Child's Garden of Verses) a few years back. I would just like to know a little more about it. It doesn't have a date or anything to that effect nor can I find any other that look like it. Thanks.

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

During this year the left side of the cover was either beige or pink. The right side had a picture of one of sixteen flowers. Yours is a violet. This reprint originally came in a labeled box.

21 Apr 2013 175

Three Volume Sets

Q:  Hello, I figured I would write to your company to get the particulars of when you believe this book (In Memoriam) was printed and its approximate worth. I have tried researching it but am at a loss. Any help you could provide would be appreciated. Here are the pictures I can provide.

A:  Your book was published as part of the Three Volume Set Series and was printed in 1897.

In this series there were a total of six three volume sets published between 1894 and 1897 of which your book is part of Set #5. All of the sets originally came within a labeled box. It only has nominal value.

20 Apr 2013 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Hi I was hoping you could give me some info about this book such as publishing date and value and any other info you may know about said book

Thank you
Autocrat of the breakfast table

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

During this year the right half of the cover had one of sixteen flowers. Your book has Lilacs (2). The left half of the cover was either beige (your book), blue or pink. The latter two colors are quite uncommon. The book originally came in a labeled box.

It is a reprint and only has nominal value.

09 Apr 2013 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  The only date (unfortunately) is in an inscription for 1898. There is also a small sticker in lower left corner of front cover that says supplied by W.F. Purnell, Sacramento.

A:  This book is part of the Vademecum Series. This series of reprints was published between 1894 and 1926. The cover design changed each year or so. Your book was published in 1897. This book has been seen in several different colors.

03 Apr 2013 0

Platt and Munk Wee Books for Wee Folks

Q:  Hi. I have what appears to be a set of Wee Books For Wee Folks published by Platt & Munk, most of which have a copyright date of 1935 although not all. There are 28 books. Im not sure if they should have dust jackets or if they came without them. The books are in a little bookcase which has no markings but seems to be made for them. And of course I am wondering what their value would be.

A:  They all came with dust jackets originally. But when they were sold as this bookcase set, I am not certain that the jackets were included. It looks like you have the later reprints. For a general review of the Platt and Munk reprints see ../reprints/platt.html

You obviously have a nice set although the absence of any dust jackets does reduce the value significantly.

The Sambo and Peter Rabbit books are the most collectible.

Although I cannot be certain, I believe your little book case is original and was made for the set. I say that because I have one that is identical with most of the books that are in your set.

Value is a hard question. Your set is great and looks to be in wonderful shape. Having said that the interest is somewhat limited. Certainly $100 is not unreasonable and perhaps more if the right buyer happens to see them. Appreciate that if you sell them separately a number of them will be very difficult to unload at any price.

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