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28 Jun 2010 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Dear Sirs:
I have an old publication of A Child's Garden of Verses and I wish to know the date it was published. The book measures 4 1/4 by 6 1/4. The cover is blue, with a narrow picture of some old buildings, by, what appears to be a river. The title page is in red ink, with decorations of green. Below title is printed

PHILADELPHIA
HENRY ALTEMUS COMPANY

There is no date in the book. In the back of the book is listed the books that were published by Henry Altemus Company, beginning with:
Abbe Constantin, The. Halevy.
The last book listed is:
Half-A-Dozen Housekeepers. By Kate Douglas

Please, I would like to know the printing date of this book. I know it is very old by the yellowed pages. What I find strange is that there are NO DATES in the book, not even in the listings in the back of the book naming previous published books by that company.

I would greatly appreciate your help, and I thank you in advance!


A:  Your book was published in 1907. It is part of the Vademecum Series.
It is a late reprint of this title.

See ../vademecum.htm


27 Jun 2010 58

Boys and Girls Classics (old)

Q:  I am interested in any information about this book.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Published by Henry Altemus Company


A:  Your book is part of the Boys and Girls' Classics Series.

You can date your book by following the information here: ../series/series58.htm

It originally came in a labeled box. It is not a first edition but rather a later reprint. When it sells, it is usually for less than $15.


26 Jun 2010 99

Golden Treasury Series

Q:  Hi, I recently came across your site while trying to do some research on an old book I have. I would like to know when it was published or printed. I am attaching a picture of the front cover I hope it is helpful. I went through the pictures on the website for "Line Upon Line" but didn't see a cover that resembled mine. I appreciate your time and patience with helping me, and if you have any questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to ask. Thanks!

A:  Your book is part of Series #99- Golden Treasury Series

It can be found here: ../series/series99.htm

1899-1900 publication date.


09 Jun 2010 57

Boys and Girls Classics (newer)

Q:  we would like to know if this book (Mother Goose's Rhymes Jingles and Fairy Tales) belongs to henry altemus and what year it was printed, it has no copyright or author, and how much this book may be worth in your opinion we got it at a yard sale for two dollars and want to know if it was worth it.

A:  It was published in 1908 or later. The exact year can be determined by the ads in the back of the book.

You can find out more about your book here: ../series/series57.htm

It only has nominal value.


08 Jun 2010 121

Life of Service Series

Q:  I recently in the past day acquired a Henry Altemus Company Hard Cover book from a garage sale for .50 Cents. Here are the known specs:

Publisher: Henry Altemus Company - Philadelphia
Title: The Greatest Thing In The World
Author Henry Drummond

From what I can gleam from your website, the book I have may be apart of the 'Friendship & Love Series' or the 'In His Name Series', Because it has the Pillar Supporting the Title on the Left and a Flowery cover on the right. But All I am sure of is that it was published some time after 1901 because of how the Publishers name is indicated.
Herein attached are photos of the Book in Question.


A:  Your book is part of the Life of Service Series.

See: ../series/series121.htm

As you can see it is a Format 2 book. Your book's format was published from 1915 to about 1924. I cannot narrow any particular book down further unless you have the dust jacket which has some information on the reverse.


07 Jun 2010 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Can you please tell me the publishing date of this version of The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Longfellow, how many copies were printed, the price of the copy at the time, and anything else that might be interesting?

A:  For information about your book see ../series/series143.htm

I do not know how many copies were printed. It cost 50 cents when new and came with a labeled box.

It has only nominal value.


06 Jun 2010 143

Petit Trianon Series

Q:  Hi, Can you tell me if this book is rare? I canít find it anywhere. Itís in really good condition. Itís Silas Marner by George Eliot. 1899. Please see the photos attached and Iíd appreciate any information you can provide.

A:  Although your book is not rare, finding it in nice shape with the original labeled box is very uncommon.

See: ../series/series143.htm. If you scroll down you can see some of the variants of the 1899 format you have.


05 Jun 2010 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  What can you tell me about this book (Vicar of Wakefield). It says copyrighted 1899 by Henry Altemus Company. Is it a first edition?

A:  Your book was published in 1903.

See: ../vademecum.htm and ../series/series180.htm

It is a reprint and only has nominal value.


04 Jun 2010

Non Series #23

Q:  I have attached a picture of the Black Beauty book I have. Inside the book says copyright 1897 by Henry Altemus. I saw on the internet a discussion with someone else that has this book. Just wondered if you all came to any conclusion of a value on it?

A:  I believe that this book has only nominal value when it has no dust jacket. The dust jacket is pictured at ../images/NS_23.jpg


03 Jun 2010 180

Vademecum Series

Q:  Hello. I have a jacket that lists #117 Longfellow's Poem's Vol. 1 and #118 Longfellow's Poem's Vol. 11. It also says "ALTEMUS' ILLUSTRATED VADEMECUM SERIES" above each. I've attached pictures, but if you needed clearer ones, I'll use my camera. Could you please send me some information regarding this set? Thank you.

A:  You can find your books listed here ../series/series180.htm

They are 1907 publications. These book were published with various pictures on the front covers.

More information about these pictures can be found here ../vademecum.htm


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