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27 Aug 2012 58

Boys and Girls Classics (old)

Q:  Greetings, I would like to request some information about the following book: I thank you in advance for your time.

The title is VIC & the full title inside the cover reads THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A FOX TERRIER written by Marie More Marsh. The Copyright states "1892 by Francis J. Shulte".

The publisher is Henry Altemus - Philadelphia

The spine itself is in very good condition. A little shelf wear is all.

There are two blank pages at the start of the book. The book has 184 numbered pages. Following those numbered pages, there are sixteen pages dedicated to “Publications Of Henry Altemus Company”. There are five blank pages at the end of the book.

The book was originally done with gold cover, gilt letters, and color drawing on front of the hardcover. As you can see in the photos I am including, a large portion of those qualities still exist.

I have actually read the book and found it quite interesting! The story is told from the view of the terrier. He actually "talks" in first person to the readers.

A:  Your book is part of the Boys and Girls Classics Series. See ../series/series58.htm

It was published in 1899 and originally came in a labeled box. The 1899 editions of this series are quite uncommon. They are distinguished from the 1900 and later editions by their title page imprint. The earlier 1899 books have the Henry Altemus not the Henry Altemus Company imprint.

The books with the gold gilt design may be more attractive than those without but no more valuable or scarce. The comparison book without the gold gilt pattern is shown here.

26 Aug 2012

Altemus Bibles

Q:  This is the altemus bible i own, which one is it? if you happen to know, its picture b10 in ur bible listings.

A:  Currently I have documented 59 different Altemus Bible covers. Altemus published Bibles between the early 1870's and the turn of the century.

The Bible shown here has been labeled B10. There were 12 different Bible editions. B10 Bible covers have been seen with the New Popular Edition and the Cheap Pictorial Edition. The features and contents within the Bible are what distinguishes the different editions.

The New Popular Edition and the Cheap Pictorial Editions do not have:

Bible History and Analysis
Cyclopedia of the Bible
Dictionary of Names
Notes and commentary by Rev. Walter McGilvray

Other Altemus Bibles do have these features. To learn more about Altemus Bibles see See ../bibles/bibles.htm

20 Aug 2012 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hi, I was hoping that you could tell me a little more about this version of Black Beauty that I ran across while I was looking through my Grandpa's book collection. Any info helps...thank you for your time.

A:  Your book is part of the Vademecum Series and was published in 1900. See ../series/series180.htm. It originally came in a labeled box.

The 1900 Vademecum Series books were all published with the same cover which came in various colors. I have seen six variant colors at this time but suspect that there are more.

19 Aug 2012 74

Dainty Series

Q:  Hi. I saw your answer to someone's question about the value of 'Charles Dickens' Children Stories'. I attached a photo of the book that I just found. Would you be able to give me information??

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

This series has a number of formats all of which came in dust jackets. It was published between 1899-1909 and the books are quite commonly found.

Your book is from Format 3 and was published between 1903-1905.

Because it is an easy book to find, your book has little value-especially in rather poor shape.

18 Aug 2012 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  I recently purchased a copy of Manon Lescaut by your publishing house. It has no date in it. I wonder if you could look at a few photos attached and let me know what date you think it was published and any other info you may have such as monetary value.

A:  This book was published in 1899-1900 as part of the Petit Trianon Series. See ../series/series143.htm

It is a reprint originally came in a labeled box. The left side of the cover has a stereotypical decorative vine design. The right side has various floral or other artistic patterns.

As of this time I have seen 27 different right half covers. A typical box is shown on the series page.

The books of this series only have value if the title is collectible. Your title is not and thus the book has only nominal value.

17 Aug 2012 172

Story Book Series

Q:  I don’t have a picture..trying to find a copy of a book that was my father’s. Circa 1920 It was a volume of the Peter Rabbit Stories, author Linda Stevens Almond. The cover was Navy Blue and had an illustration of Peter Rabbit on it. The book was about 8 x 10..maybe a little smaller, and about 2 inches, give or take thick. My mother had a yard sale back around 1977 and the book disappeared. I really would love to find a copy as I spent many childhood hours reading it. It contained many of the stories I see in singular..but I have yet to see the volume with many stories. Any help would be much appreciated.

A:  I believe the book that best fits your description is the one shown. It is part of the two book Story Book Series. ../series/series172.htm

It is a compilation of the first 14 books of the Wee Folks Peter Rabbit Series. It was first published in 1924. With the dust jacket it is quite scarce.

16 Aug 2012 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Hi, Can you tell me about this book (Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)?

A:  This book was published in 1908 and 1909 as part of the Petit Trianon Series. As with all the books of this series it is a reprint and originally came in a labeled box. This book represents the last years of this series which was published with numerous different covers between 1896 and 1909. Generally, unless the title is special in some way, the books do not sell for more than a few dollars.

See ../series/series143.htm for more information.

15 Aug 2012

Non Series #124

Q:  I have the opportunity to buy a 1892 version of the scarlet letter. I know this was a very common print, I just want to make sure I am not missing out on an opportunity, this is a picture of the cover, I haven't seen this exact cover elsewhere on the web.... I would be greatly appreciative if you could give me a value as to what its worth.

A:  Altemus published the Scarlet Letter in numerous formats. In 1892 it published its non-series Scarlet Letter. The same cover style was printed in several different colors. Early in 1892 the Altemus Scarlet Letters did not include the 1850 "Preface to the Second Edition" which appeared in all the latter Altemus Scarlet Letter printings. Because this book is relatively common and a reprint, it has little value.

14 Aug 2012 75

Devotional Series

Q:  Can you tell me the value of this copy of "Line Upon Line"? This is book number 27 in the series, in good condition. The attached photos show a good representation of its condition. Thank you for your time.

A:  Your book is part of the Devotional Series. This series of moralistic and religious books was a long running series published between 1895 and 1933. During these years there were nine different formats published. Your book is format 7, published between 1901-1904. This format originally came in a labeled box. Interestingly several different paste-ons have been seen within the cover template.

For more information see ../series/series75.htm.

Since your book is in poor shape and is a reprint, it has only nominal value.

13 Aug 2012 202

Young People's Library

Q:  I picked up this book from a second hand store about ten years ago and am wondering if you can give me some information about it. It is a Grimm's Fairy Tales from 1898 part of the Young People's Library. The spine was damaged when I bought it but I'm interested in having it repaired. I'm hoping to pass this onto my son when he's old enough to appreciate and take care of it.

Any information you can give me would be great. I paid $2.00 for it which to me is a bargain for such works.

A:  Your book is part of the Young People's Library. Based on the cover, it is a format 3 book published between 1902-1923. It originally came with a dust jacket. Except for a few titles the books of this series have little value and it probably is not worth getting the binding repaired. For more information see ../series/series202F3.htm.

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