Finding the Publishing Date on Old Books?

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The date of publication is usually listed in the book, but in some kinds it's not. This page is about finding the publishing date on old books.


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July 3, 2019

I'm looking for a publication date for Whitman Tell-a-Tale Little Black Sambo 2661. Anyone know if there is a list out there somewhere?


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It was published in January 1, 1950.

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July 4, 20190 found this helpful

Seems like there are several different publications so I would say you may have to look at several listings to be sure you are seeing the same version that you have.
It appears (to me) that original publication date was in 1950 and 1953 (First Editions show this date) but I did find several listings for you to review.

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If you are looking for current value you can check sold listings on eBay as it seems several editions have been sold over the past several months.

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March 14, 2010

I am 63 and when I was little my grandmother gave me a book called "The Yellow Book of Fairy Tales". There is no date on the book. It was published by Whitman Publishing Co, Rancine, WI. Does anyone know how old this book is? The pages are old and worn.


By pinky from Newport, NH


March 14, 20100 found this helpful

The link below says 1943:

This says 1934:
(google cache)

and this one says 1934:

Whitman Publishing started in 1915:

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March 17, 20100 found this helpful

Andrew Lang's Fairy Books or Andrew Lang's "Coloured" Fairy Books constitute a twelve-book series of fairy tale collections.

* Blue Fairy Book (1889)
* Red Fairy Book (1890)
* Green Fairy Book (1892)
* Yellow Fairy Book (1894)
* Pink Fairy Book (1897)
* Grey Fairy Book (1900)
* Violet Fairy Book (1901)
* Crimson Fairy Book (1903)
* Brown Fairy Book (1904)
* Orange Fairy Book (1906)


* Olive Fairy Book (1907)
* Lilac Fairy Book (1910)
* Rose Fairy Book

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March 4, 2019

I have a few very old books my dad has given to me. The dates aren't listed on some. I have a hard cover Grimm's Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm. The first page says German Fairy Tales By The Brothers Grimm with Eight Illustrations in Colors and Eighteen Drawings in Black and White. A.L. Burt Company: Publishers New York. There is also a stamp symbol that reads Burt's Library of The World's Best Books. There are 397 pages. I love books and just now got started with the older ones. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.


March 5, 20190 found this helpful

Many factors are clues of the date published, such as font and bindings. Here is an informative article:

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July 1, 2015

Where do you find the date for the encyclopedia? I see two different dates with different publishers.


July 1, 20150 found this helpful

The earliest date with any publisher is the original and correct publication date. Later dates are simply different publishing companies.

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