Henry Altemus Company


David McKay Company


David McKay Company

Juvenile Quarto Series-1935
Books for Young Children-1937
Old Favorites Series-1938

In 1935 David McKay reprinted all four Henry Altemus Company books from Series #113 Juvenile Quartos Series (http://henryaltemus.com/series/series113.htm). This series includes the four books listed below. The four books made up McKay's Juvenile Quarto Series.

1. Tale of Peter Rabbit
2. Three Little Pigs
3. Little Small Red Hen
4. Story of Little Black Sambo (Copyright Altemus 1931)

The Altemus and the McKay books were 8.25 x 6.25.

These Altemus editions were published in four formats. David McKay's Juvenile Quarto Series included the third and fourth formats which Altemus first printed in the early 1930-1931. The first McKay reprints were produced in both a "library buckram binding" at $1.00 and cloth binding at 35 cents.

In 1937 the four books were part of an eight volume series called Books for Young Children. By that time the cloth format books were 50 cents.

The Story of Little Black Sambo book cover consisted of a line drawn picture of Little Black Sambo. (Altemus Format 4)

The first three books of the Altemus and the McKay series were published with an applique which filled the entire front cover. These paste-ons have book appropriate multicolored pictorial pictures. Dust jackets duplicated the front cover. (Altemus Format 3)

Both of the formats above were also published by Altemus with reinforced buckram and plain brown endpapers. This buckram variant was first introduced by Altemus in 1930.

David McKay, under the heading of "Old Favorites Series", published these four books in 1938 in a cloth bound book (50 cents) as well as the library buckram binding ($1.00). The McKay formats are identical to the Altemus ones.

A common mistake is believing that the books were published in these formats as first editions by David McKay. This is not the case. Worth repeating is the fact that the McKay editions which first saw the light of day beginning in 1935 were published originally by the Henry Altemus Company.

#1 Dust Jacket




#3 Dust Jacket





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