Sample Appraisal: Books Published by Selmar Hess

Sample Appraisal: Books Published by Selmar Hess

Appraisal ID: 11346
Appraised On: Sep 03, 2006
Market Value: $ 200.00
Replacement Value: $ 275.00


NY: Selmar Hess, 1892. COMPLETE FOUR-VOLUME SET. Large, heavy
volumes, each approximately 9.5 x 12 inches. Covers with gilt lettering
on leather background. Corners worn to boards at tips. Subtitled ‘A
Revised American Edition of the Reader’s Handbook,’ it contains the
original English content but updates it to include ‘characters and
sketches found in American novels, poetry and drama.’ Alphabetically
arranged. Illustrated with photogravures, etchings, wood engravings and
typogravures. Each volume has frontispiece depicting: Ichabod Crane, La
Cigale, The Death of Minnehaha , Katrina van Tassel. Hardcover. Very
good condition.
Item/Title: Character Sketches of Romance Fiction and the Drama
A Revised American Edition of the Reader’s Handbook
Edited by Marion Harland

It was published by Selmar Hess of New York
Date/Period of Manufacture: Copyright 1892
Condition: very good
Manufacturer/Artist/Author: Author: The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 12 inches x 9.5 inches x 2 inches thick
Weight – over 5 pound
Inscription: No special marks or dedications
There are four volumes to the set
History/Provenance: This item was discovered in my
in-laws attic when we were cleaning it out. We have no idea how long the
books were up there. The house was built in 1900. It could have been
something left by someone living there many years ago. We cleaned the
attic out 23 years ago and these volumes have been on our bookshelves
since then.

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