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15 Nov 2010 186

Wee Books for Wee Folks Series

Q:  I have this book and was trying to find out information on it and to see what it's value might be. I tried looking it up on your site and really did not find much info on it so anything you can assist me with I would appreciate it. I am attaching the front cover picture as well as another from inside. It has copyright, 1920 by Howard E. Altemus on one of the pages.

thanks for any information you can give me.

A:  Your book is part of Series #186 Wee Books for Wee Folks. (../series/series186.htm)

This title was part of this series only in 1920. Thereafter it was part of Series #187-Wee Folks Bible Stories Series.(../series/series187.htm)

Yellow lettering was seen on the Wee Books between 1918-1920.

14 Nov 2010 78

Dore's Masterpieces

Q:  Hello!! I was at a flea market today and picked up a copy of The Dore Bible Gallery. The book caught my eye due to a number of things I had learned in passing from my grandfather, who was an antiquarian bookseller. After some web surfing, I came upon your page and was surprised at what I discovered regarding this book.

The picture of the book can be found on your page here:

The advertising flyer, shown at this link, is still in the book:

I am contacting you in hopes you can help me with some information. Is there a way to determine the exact printing date? There is no date on the cover, or even the preface. How many copies were printed in the various years? Is the inclusion of the flyer that was normally distributed with the book, influence the value, or help in determining when it was printed? Was this volume originally boxed?

Any other tips, clues or information regarding this book you could provide or give me advice about, would be very very appreciated.

A:  The book you have did originally come within a box. It was printed between 1889-1900. There is nothing that distinguishes an earlier book from a later book.

I do not have print number runs. But none of the Dore books are especially hard to find. Although I believe that all of the Dore books had an advertising flyer within the book, I cannot prove it.

There is quite a range in prices for this book. The flyer has no effect although I would think it should.

This title sells for between $25-75 in most instances. I frequently see asking prices of $200-300 but these books seldom (if ever) sell. Occasionally I see the individual prints for sale in a book that has been parted out. I have never seen an individual print from the book sell for much at all.

If I can be of any other help, please let me know.

13 Nov 2010 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hello, I have a Nathaniel Hawthorne book which I believe it was published by Henry Altemus in Philadelphia. I attached photos of the book from the outside and some inside. I really just wanted to know a little bit more about the book, the history and what the value of the book is.

A:  Your book is a reprint and is part of the Vademecum Series.

More about your 1898 book can be found here: ../series/series179.htm

It only has nominal value.

04 Nov 2010 48

Beauxarts Series

Q:  would appreciate any info you might have (Romance of a Poor Young Man)

A:  For information on your book look here: ../series/series48.htm

It was published between 1899-1901.

It is a reprint.

03 Nov 2010 202

Young People's Library

Q:  I have a 1897 Black Beauty- The Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell with Fifty illustrations. Copyright 1897 by Henry Altemus. Hard back book. Signed by a Harold Sliward in 1906. Printed by Altemus' Young People's Library. I wanted to find more information on it and when I looked on your website of the books you had I did not see this year nor the cover. I'm attaching pictures for you to see. If you have any info on this book I would surely appreciate it.

A:  Match the spine to your spine here: Young People's Library

Then you can date your book easily with the flowchart shown for dating. This book is shown in the data base.

Of course, your book is a post-1900. The copyright is different than the year published in this instance.

02 Nov 2010 179

Vademecum Series

Q:  To whom it may concern: What can you tell me about this book (The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin)? Is it part of a series? When was the first edition published? How is that indicated? How many copies were printed?

A:  Your book was published in 1895 as part of the Vademecum Series. See: ../series/series179.htm

The Altemus edition is a reprint. I am unaware of how many copies Altemus published but this book is fairly common.

01 Nov 2010 38

Altemus Library (2)

Q:  I just purchased this version of the A Christmas Carol. Would appreciate anything you can tell me about it: date published, illustrator, etc.

I have been collecting The Carol for my three children for over 30 years and was very excited to get this edition and learn that Altemus published many versions of The Carol.

Which was the most beautiful edition that Altemus published? Any photos of that edition?

A:  Your version can be found here: ../series/series38.htm

This format originally had a dust jacket which matched the book.

Most of the Altemus Carol's are nice but nothing unbelievable.

There are literally hundreds of different covers.

For a look, see: ../search/titlesearch.php?q=christmas+Carol&Submit=Go

If I was picking one I would go with either this one ../series/series65.htm because it had a nice piece of holly attached to it and it came in a nice floral box or this one ../series/series58.htm

This title was published in many of the publisher's series and they had interesting different covers every year. Look at the series' pictures when using the index.

Virtually every Altemus version of the "Carol" has a representative cover picture on the site.

31 Oct 2010


Q:  I would appreciate your help with a book I have "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. The book measures 4 1/4 X 5 1/2. I am stumped because it does not have Henry Altemus Company embossed on the cover; as I have seen in all the examples on your website. The cover is green. Could this be part of Dickens Complete Works - a reprint. Thank you.

A:  The words "HenryAltemus.com" are not actually on the books. Those words are placed on the pictures of books that appear on the website so that people will know where the pictures came from.

30 Oct 2010 76

Diplome D'Honneur Series

Q:  Hi my name is Amber and I recently purchased this book from a flea market. The cover says "Endymion" and the title page says "Endymion, and other poems." Unfortunately, the first 12 pages are missing. I would like to know the year in which this book was published. Thank You.

A:  Your book is part of the Diplome L'Honneur Series and was published in 1902. This series was only published for one year and the books are somewhat uncommon. See: ../series/series76.htm.

29 Oct 2010 57

Boys and Girls Classics (New)

Q:  This book (The Little Lame Prince) belonged to my grandfather. He was born in 1913. I took a look at your site, and I couldn't find anything that looked quite like it. Could you tell me anything about it? Inside Title page says copyright 1900, but as your site suggest, it may have been published after that.

A:  Your book is part of Series 57 Boys and Girls Classics (New) Series. See ../series/series57.htm

This series used various pictorial linen cloths for its covers. Your cover has been designated sw-5a and was published sometime between 1908 and the early teens. The exact year can be determined by a study of the ads.

The dating confusion exists because the original Altemus copyright is on the title page. The copyright is not the same as the date of publication in this instance. Also this series used the text from the Young People's Library and thus the title page says the book is from the Young People's Library. This is not the case however.

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