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The May 12, 1998 Old UHH FAQ
**Special thanks to Eleanor and Lil for their help in creating or
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LATEST UPDATES: April 09, 1998...May 12, 1998.
The Unofficial Happy Hollister FAQ
I(1)-----What is a FAQ?
A. Explanation of term
II(2)----What are the Happy Hollisters?
A. General Information on Series
III(3)---Why a FAQ on the Happy Hollisters?
IV(4)----Who wrote and illustrated the Happy Hollisters?
A. General information
B. Andrew Svenson information
C. Pseudonym of Jerry West information
D. Additional Information on Jerry West
E. Helen S. Hamilton Information
V(5)-----Who published and produced the series?
A. Information--Double Day
B. Garden City
C. Stratemeyer Syndicates
VI(6)----What do the books look like?
A. With dust jacket
B. Without dust jacket
C. Picture Cover
D. Editions, Symbols, etc.
E. Colors In the Illustrations.
VII(7)---Who are the main characters in the books?
A. A listing of the main characters
VIII(8)--What are the books about?
A. A general explanation of plot for series
VIV(9)---Where can I find the books?
A. Conventional methods
B. On the web
X(10)----What should I look for if I start collecting?
A. Which collection of series should I start with?
B. Condition of books
C. Your reasons for collecting this series
XI(11)---Where can I find a listing of the titles?
A. Web Resources
B. Other Resources
XII(12)---How much are the books worth?
B. Price List
XIII(13)-Are there other resources for the Hollisters?
A. Web resources listing
XIV(14)--Are there resources for other collectible series books?
A. Other FAQs--in alphabetical order
B. Other web pages--in alphabetical order
C. Other resources--in alphabetical order
XV(15)---General Tips and Ideas
A. Understanding and Reading Roman Numerals
B. For Love or Money
C. Additional Information
D. Additional Resources
E. Abbreviations used in this FAQ
I. What is a FAQ?
A. The letters F. A. Q. are an abbreviation for the term
"Frequently Asked Questions". The purpose of a FAQ is to answer
questions that are frequently asked about a subject.
II. What are The Happy Hollisters?
A. The Happy Hollisters are a series of children's books
published between 1953 and 1970.
III. Why is there a FAQ on the Happy Hollisters?
A. I've gotten numerous requests for a FAQ (and page) from
those read and responded to an article/tribute I
wrote about The Happy Hollisters and their author titled
"Oh Jerry!". The article was originally housed on my home page, due to
an address change it will take some time until I can get the article up again.
B. The books in the Happy Hollister series are starting to
become collectible items. For this reason, both collectors of
children's books series and dealers of books are finding them
C. Another group of people might be interested in a Happy
Hollister FAQ as well. Whether they loved the series as children,
received the books as part of a book club or even read one or two
of the books and remembered them fondly, these people are
interested on a more personal level. Of course, any combination
of reasons for collecting or interest is possible as well.
IV. Who wrote and illustrated The Happy Hollisters?
A. The Happy Hollisters were written by Andrew Svenson,
under the pseudonym of Jerry West. The series was illustrated
by Helen S. Hamilton.
B. Andrew Svenson lived from 1910-1975. He based the series
on his children. A reader was kind enough to send me the
additional information below. Thank you so much Chris!
The following obituary for Andrew E. Svenson is quoted from
"Something About the Author", Vol. 26.
"Born May 8, 1910 in Belleville, N.J.; died of cancer, August
21, 1975 in Livingston, N.J. Formerly a Newark, N.J.
newspaperman, Svenson joined the writers of the Stratemeyer
Syndicate in 1948 and became a partner in 1961. The syndicate
was founded in 1910 by Edward Stratemeyer, the originator of
the "Nancy Drew" and other adventure series. After his death,
the business was carried on and expanded by Stratemeyer's
daughter, Harriet Adams, with whom Svenson worked closely.
During his tenure at the syndicate, Svenson published under a
number of pseudonyms which he shared with other writers.
He contributed titles to the "Hardy Boys" and "Bobbsey Twins"
series, and also initiated three major series himself:
"The Happy Hollisters," "The Tolliver Family," and "Brett King."
In later years, Svenson turned to generating plot outlines used
by assistants to create stories, which he would then edit. At
the time of Svenson's death, the syndicate had produced over
twelve hundred books, averaging a dozen per year. Svenson
denied the allegation of certain critics that the syndicate was
a "book factory," but openly discussed the element of
formula involved in his writing. He insisted that the first
page of any story should plunge the reader into danger and
excitement, and that each chapter should have a suspenseful
ending that would "force the kid to turn the page.""
If you have further information please contact
me at [edited - email now defunct].C. The pseudonym of Jerry West was a Stratemeyer Syndicate
approved pseudonym much like Carolyn Keene was approved for the
Nancy Drew series.
D. Andrew Svenson also contributed to many other children's series. In addition to 'The Happy Hollisters' series, 'The Tolliver Family' series and the 'Bret King' series, he contributed to or wrote books in the 'Mel Martin' baseball series, the 'Hardy Boys' series, and the 'Bobbsey Twins' series.
E. Helen S. Hamilton was a young artist who was located near Phildelphia, Pennsylvania. She provided illustrations for the entire Happy Hollister series, and her illustrations appeared in both the Garden City and Doubleday editions of the books. If anyone has further information about Helen S. Hamilton,please contact me at [edited - email now defunct].
V. Who published and produced the series?
A. The series was published by Doubleday & Company, Inc.
According to information found on the back flap of one of my
books: Their first publication list was in 1897. They were
among the first general publishers to maintain a juvenile book
department with a full time editor and had a list of "Doubleday
Books for Young Readers" of which the Hollisters were a part.
B. Occasionally, you'll find books in the series which have
the name of Garden City on the spine. Garden City Books was a
"sister" company of Doubleday & Company, Inc. In essence, the
same company under a different name. Only a small amount of books
were published under this name. I will try to get a complete
listing as soon as possible for the UHH page.
C. Stratemeyer Syndicates produced the series and are the
same company that produced the Nancy Drew series, the Hardy Boy
series, etc. I've also found two web sites devoted to
1. The Stratemeyer FAQ can be found at:
2. The Stratemeyer Syndicate Information Page can be found at:
VI. What do the books look like?
A. The Happy Hollister books published under Doubleday and Garden City had dust jackets. The jackets
have a few things in common throughout the series. On the
back cover of the dust jacket (DJ) you will find: "Meet the
Happy Hollisters" in a script-like font, the name of the
characters highlighted in red, a description of the
main characters (and pets) and a black and white
picture of each of the characters (and pets) that are
mentioned. On the spine of the DJ you'll find: the
name of the book, "Jerry West", a long oval (containing
a color picture of a house, tree, 5 children, a dog & cat and
a fence), and the name of the publisher. On the front cover of
the DJ, you'll find: the title of the book, a color picture of
5 children (at least--depends on the book), "Jerry West" and
"Illustrated by Helen S. Hamilton". Only those books which were published by Grosset & Dunlap after Andrew Svenson's death had no dust jackets. The front covers were pictoral covers and illustrated by someone other than Helen S. Hamilton, though her illustrations do appear throughout the books. The pictoral covers are of a pea green color and have entirely different graphics than those published by Doubleday and Garden City.
B. If you find a Garden City or Doubleday book without a dust jacket, you can
recognize it by a number of distinguishing features. The color
of the books (most of them--see #VI, section C) are a dark brick red.
If you look closely, you'll notice that it has a textured look to it
as well. On the front cover you'll find in black print a
semi-circle of 5 children holding hands. On the spine you'll find
the title (printed sideways), "Jerry West", seven black lines and
then the name or the symbol & name of the publisher. There
are no distinguishing features on the back of a HH book without
C. An exception to the description above is the few
books that were printed with a color picture rather than with
the dark red background. I call these pictoral covers. There are two seperate classifications to be made when speaking of pictoral covers in the series. The first was published by Doubleday (and possibly Garden City, but I haven't been able to verify this yet) and the picture that you will find on the cover is the same on a dust jacket with the same title. All of these pictoral covers were illustrated by Helen S. Hamilton. The second is titles published by Grosset & Dunlap. The pictoral cover on these includes a pea green background. The number and title appears at the top of the book, but the Grosset & Dunlap titles were published out of sequence, and you will only find four of them. They were published in this order: #1: The Happy Hollisters, #2: The Happy Hollisters on a River Trip, #3: The Happy Hollisters at Sea Gull Beach and #4: The Happy Hollisters and the Ice Carnival Mystery. Below the title and number, you will find a illustration encased in an arch type graphic. I can't read the illistrator's name, and can only guess at the actual name of this illustrator. My guesses: Rudy or Randy, Dayni, Daynis or Wayni. If anyone has further information, I would appreciate any help you could offer.
D. The Happy Hollister books can also be recognized by the
publisher symbols, editions, etc. For a Doubleday Books for
Young Readers edition (both book club and regular) look for a
symbol in the shape of an anchor. Two whales will be in the
middle of the symbol, and the name Doubleday (in caps) will
curve around the bottom of the anchor. This symbol will be found
on the spine of the DJ, bottom of spine on a book without DJ, and
on the inside back flap (with DJ). As stated above, they came in
both book club editions and regular editions. As far as I know,
you can only tell the difference if you have a book with a DJ.
For a book club edition, you will find the words "Book Club
Edition" on the bottom right-hand corner of the inside flap.
To tell if you have a regular edition, you can look for a price
on the top right-hand corner of the front flap. Garden City
editions have the name "Garden City" in caps printed on the bottom of the
spine (without DJ). Unfortunately, I don't have a Garden City
eition with a DJ, but will provide the information as soon as I
aquire one. Finally, there is indeed a publisher edition with
a plain (text) Doubleday mark. You'll find the word Doubleday in
caps on the bottom spine of a book without a dust jacket. On Grosset & Dunlap titles, you will find at the bottom of the spine, a plain (text) edition which has the words "GROSSET & DUNLAP". Below that is a set of numbers which I have yet to figure out.
E. I've often been asked whether the colors used in the illustrations are of any signifigance. Depending on the book, you will find red, green or blue in addition to the black and white illustrations throughout the books and on the endpapers. I have only come across one book with no endpapers whatsoever, and believe it to be a misprint, but in the majority of cases, on the endpapers you will find one of these colors on the picnic basket, Mrs. Hollister's sweater, the fire and the cooler that Mr. Hollister carries. Each book only contains one of the three colors. I have no idea yet whether the colors signify anything of importance though I will continue to research this. As always, any theories or help with this would be appreciated.
VII. Who are the main characters in the books?
A. Mr. (John) Hollister-the father, Mrs. (Elaine)
Hollister-the mother, Pete-the oldest brother and fun loving,
Pam-the next to oldest and kind, Ricky-the mischevious one,
Holly-the tomboy, Sue-the baby of the family, Zip-their faithful
collie, White Nose and her kittens-the family of cats that the
Hollisters found in their new home.
VIII. What are the books about?
A. When the Hollister children move into their new home
on Pine Lake in Shoreham--adventures begin to come their way.
The children solve a new mystery in each book. The books are very
educational (Shhh! Don't tell your kids!) and the Hollisters
visit many different destinations and locales in their quest to
solve mysteries. The age levels of the Hollister children
range from (in the first book) 4-12, and the books are
appropriate for most readers in these age levels, though you're
welcome to read and enjoy them at any age. Adventure, culture,
mystery and intrigue--what more could you ask for?
VIV. Where can I find these books?
A. If you don't want to shop on the net, you can still find
these books in a number of places. A few places to look are:
used book stores, yard sales, thrift shops, auctions and
B. After much consideration, I've decided to put only those
sources in which I've bought Hollister books from as I can vouch
for their honesty. For each seller I've dealt with, I'll
rate them on a A++ to F-- scale. This listing will
grow with time. If you are a bookseller and
would like to be a part of this list, please e-mail me with
both a title and price listing at
[edited - email now defunct].
I have bought a number of books from Ebay's AuctionWeb. I'll
list the sellers I've dealt with, but please remember that these
people aren't nescessarily dealers and may have only had one or
two copies to sell. Ebay is located at:
I have bought Hollister books succesfully from these members:
Book was as described--in "Great" shape (NM), DJ was less than
perfect and this was noted, but I should have asked exactly
how big that "small spot missing off the bottom seam" was as it
turned out to be an inch long (approx.) and covered the bottom
spine portion of the dust jacket. Also a spot torn off front
cover and part of DJ spine (wasn't mentioned) approx. 3/4" by
1/4" as well as moderate bending marks on bottom of on bottom
of front cover. However, this was partially my fault for not
asking...and I have learned my lesson. Always ask! I am
expecting another book from her in my mailbox and am hoping
that it lives up to her description. If so, I will reflect
that here. Rating of B, because much of this was my own
fault for not asking. Second book was better than described and
her rating jumps to a B+
Lynette was a great seller. Her descriptions were honest and she
mentioned every (tiny) defect. She was pleasant and there was
good communication throughout the transaction. I was pleased to
find that both books were in NM condition when they arrived,
though she had described them as VG. A rating of A++
Another source that I have used for buying the Happy Hollister
books is the Advanced Book exchange at:
I have had succesful transactions with these book dealers/sellers:
*84 Charing Cross Eh?. Book was EXACTLY as described. The
nicest thing about these folks is that provide a removable mylar
plastic cover (taped) with the books that they sell--which means
even more protection for your collectible book. Very helpful with
all questions that I asked of them. A very prompt response. I
can't say enough about these sellers. The deserve the highest
possible rating and I give them an A++ True professionals,
they can be found at: email@example.com
I've also bought books from individual sellers and dealers
Nerman's Books and Collectibles
410-63 Albert St
Winnipeg MB Canada R3B 1G4
Phone:204-255-2196 order line
204-475-1050 store line
Gary Nerman of Nerman's Books is a professional of the highest
caliber. Not only did he check my wish list to see if he had any
of the books I needed in stock, but he also promised to be on the
look-out for additional titles that were listed. He is located
in Canada, but both prices and shipping and handling were very
reasonable, even more so than many of the other sellers I've
dealt with in the US. I was thrilled to find that he accepts
US$, and shipment of books was prompt. Well packaged items and
very friendly. Books were better than described and two of the
three I bought are now the best in my collection. I would
reccomend this seller without hesitation!
Deserves the best possible rating of A++
X. What should I look for if I start collecting?
A. The collection of series that is both complete and
the easiest to find is the Doubleday Books for Young Readers set,
Book Club Edition. I'd suggest that beginner's start by
collecting these. The next step would be the Doubleday Books
for Young Readers set in the Regular edition. These are only
slightly harder to find, but the entire set can be found in these
as well. Equally hard to find, though not impossible are the
incomplete set of Garden City books and the set of Doubleday
(without the symbol). Finally, the hardest to find in my opinion
are those with the picture (pictorial) covers. The only exception being the last book (Midnight Trolls), it is actually easier to find this book with a pictoral cover than with a dust jacket. I'm not sure if the complete
set can be found in these or not, but I doubt it.
B. Another factor you should consider when starting to
collect books is the condition of those books. Here's a listing
of condition from one of my favorite used books stores,
*Like New(LN)-As close to new as possible. No defects that are
visible to the naked eye. No signs of aging, no rips, no tears,
no bending, no stamps or previous owner signatures, no stains,
no marks on any of the pages, no bending or rips on any of the
pages, no seperation of pages from binding or from other pages.
Books in this condition are in better condition than some new
books--a book with this rating should look as if it were
hermetically sealed directly after leaving the publisher's
presses. Museum quality. This book will also cost you an arm
and a leg--and perhaps a few toes!
*Near Mint/Fine(NM/F)-A book in this condition may have very slight
defects, but only the very slightest. The book must be
sound/tight with no seperation of pages/binding or covers.
Slight scuffing of edges, spine and corners is acceptable. No
scratches should mar the surface whatsoever. A previous owner
signature or stamp is okay as long as it doesn't detract
from the book, but needs to be mentioned in
a description as this is dependant on buyer preference. Bending,
tears, writing or coloring (except sig/stamp) are not acceptable
with books in this condition. Minor signs of aging are fine as
long as they are noted.
*Very Good(VG)-A book in this condition shows minor to moderate wear
on corners, edges and spine. Should show not more than 1/4" of
tears in any given spot. Pages should not be ripped,
binding/covers and individual pages should not show seperation.
As long as binding and covers are tight and book is in above
condition or better, paper (front inside cover and back inside
cover) may show seperation, but webbing or binding material must
be tight with no chance of seperation. Very minor bending of a
few pages is acceptable. Bookstore stamps and signatures are
fine as long as they are mentioned. Signs of aging are fine as
long as they are mentioned.
*Good(G)-A book in this condition may show moderate wear on binding,
edges and corners. Should not have rips or tears that are more
than 1". Slight seperation of covers, spine, pages is okay, but
needs to be mentioned. Can show moderate signs of aging as long
as it's mentioned. Webbing and/or binding should not be
seperated, but may show signs of seperation. Pages and spine
may show moderate tears (no more than 1"). Minor pencil and
crayon marks are acceptable as long as it's mentioned. Signature
of previous owner or bookstore stamps are perfectly acceptable if
mentioned. Bending of pages is acceptable. Minor scratches on the
surface okay, but should be mentioned.
*Near Good(NG)-A book in this condition can show seperation of
binding/webbing as long as the seperation is not complete. Book
should be seperated no more than one-third from both back &
front covers and spine. Marks on surface are fine as are
moderate tears on some of the pages as long as these are noted,
and do not detract from the readability of the book. Crayon
and pencil marks are fine as long as they don't detract from
readibility of book. All defects should be mentioned.
*Fair(FR)-A book in this condition should not be seperated more
than halfway from back & front covers and spine. May show major
scuffing marks on surface of book as well as moderate scratches.
Dust jacket may be torn, scuffed or have marks where stickers
were torn off. May have areas that are "fixed" with tape such
as half of the spine, dust jacket or a page in the book. May
be torn (or missing) pages that do not affect the readibility
of the book. May show major bending such as a few pages bent
in the middle or lengthwise. Mention all defects.
*Poor/Reading Copy(P/RC)-A book in this condition may have most
of binding seperated from book, but should not be seperated more
than 3/4 from back & front covers and spine. May have large
tears on cover or spine. May have large tears and/or bends on
pages as long as readibility is not affected. May have large
scratches (gouges) on covers as long as readibility of book
is not affected. May be fixed extensively with tape, glue,
etc. Pages can not stick together though--and there can be
no defects that affects the readibility of the book. One
should mention all defects.
*Very Poor(VP)-Book is seperated from covers, no covers, only a
spine or missing one cover. Half of cover is missing, half of
binding is missing, etc. Pages are missing, but readability
is not affected. For example--title pages, chapter pages, end
papers may be missing. Pages are covered in crayon, or
pencil marks, but are still readable. Book is beyond fixing,
but is still readable (perhaps barely).
*Don't Bother (DB)-Book is not readable and looks as if it has
been mangled by a pack of wild dogs or thrown into the
ocean and retrieved by a shark. It may be the only title you
don't have, but do yourself a favor and don't bother.
*Library Copy(LC)-also called an ex-library copy(X-LC). This
should be mentioned in addition to the condition.
*Edition (Ed.)-This should always be mentioned
whenever possible/known, whether it's a 1st edition,
book club edition or 10th edition. This also applies to printing.
Whether a 5th printing, etc. both edition and printing
information should be mentioned in addition to the condition of
*Publisher(Pub.)-publisher information as well as any publisher symbols,
should also be mentioned in addition to the condition of book.
*Copyright-always mention the copyright in addition to the
condition of the book.
C. Collecting books has more to do with the reasons you
collect than anything else. If you're collecting for purely
aesthetic reasons, you'll want the best book in the best
condition possible. If collecting for sentimental reasons,
you'll want a book that's readable and looks "decent". I
provided the above information for all collectors (as well as
sellers) so that they have the information handy when needed.
If you're a seller, always mention any defects or items that
deviate from a book in Like New condition, and if you're
a buyer always ask about condition--even if you have to get
I can't take full credit for the list, but my (favorite!)
bookstore tells me I can mention their name once as they can't
handle a flood of calls if I mention them on the internet.
They are a very small book store in a tiny town, and are now
under new ownership. As this is
the most complete listing I've ever seen regarding condition of
books, I can only give them full credit and hope that some of
you will recognize the name. I can tell you that I'M located in
Pennsylvania though. *grin*
XI. Where can I find a listing of titles?
A. There are three pages on the web that I'm aware of that
list the titles in the Happy Hollister series.
The first is the Unofficial Happy Hollister (UHH) titles page at:
[edited to update]
The second is The Booklover's Den Hollister page at:
The third is from The Series Book Network and can be found at:
B. The only other source of finding out which titles are
in the series is by finding a copy of a book which has the
listings on the page before the title page. Until I have a chance
to collect all of the books from the series, I can only list the
few that I know to have the listings. Numbers 3 and 4 were
provided by a reader. Thank you Joanne!
1. Garden City edition, © 1953, "The Happy Hollisters"-has
2. Doubleday (no symbol) edition, © 1955, "The Happy
Hollisters at Circus Island"-has partial listing
3. Garden City edition, "The Happy Hollisters and the Indian
Treasure"-has partial listing
4. Garden City edition, "The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery at
Missile Town"-has partial listing
XII. How much are the books worth?
A. First a disclaimer: These books, as with anything are
worth what you as a customer are willing to pay for them.
Depending upon your reasons for collecting, your finances and how
serious you are about collecting these books, the prices you pay
may be more or less than those I would pay. This is only a
general price guide and is compiled as a combination of two
things: prices I have recently paid for these books as well as
average prices that I have seen the books sold for. This is not
meant to be a definative guide and should not be viewed as such. The Hollister books can generally be bought for under $10.00 (including shipping and handling charges), but certain books in the series will always command a higher price, especially if in great condition. A few of these titles are: Little Mermaid, Golden Witch, Monster Mystery and Midnight Trolls. The book worth the least amount of money is The Haunted House Mystery as 15 million books were printed and it is the easiest to find.
B. This guide is just starting out and will contain more
information as time passes. Each price will be rounded to the
nearest quarter. I will list title, price and
features of each individual book.
1. "Happy Hollisters and the Haunted House Mystery" with
DJ-book in NM cond., DJ in VG cond., Anchor Symbol, Book club
edition: price I paid - $7.00 (includes S&H)
2. "Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Little Mermaid"
with DJ-book in NM cond., DJ in G cond., Anchor Symbol, Book
club edition, © 1960: price I paid - $11.50 (includes S&H)
3. "Happy Hollisters and the Punch and Judy Mystery" with
DJ-book in NM cond., DJ in VG cond. with mylar cover, Anchor
Symbol, regular edition, © 1964,
: price I paid - $10.00 (includes S&H)
4. "Happy Hollisters at Circus Island" no DJ-book in VG cond.,
Doubleday (no symbol), book listing, © 1955: price I
paid - $6.00 (includes S&H)
5. "Happy Hollisters and the Indian Treasure" no DJ-book in VG
cond., Anchor symbol, © 1953, price I paid - $3.00 (includes
6. "Happy Hollisters and the Merry-Go-Round Mystery" w/DJ in VG
and book in NM cond. Anchor symbol, book club ed., © 1955:
price I paid - $7.25 (includes S&H)
7. "Happy Hollisters and the Scarecrow Mystery" w/DJ in VG and
book in NM cond. Anchor symbol, book club ed., © 1957: price
I paid - $ 7.25 (includes S&H)
8. "Happy Hollisters and the Cuckoo Clock Mystery" w/DJ and book
in NM cond.. Anchor symbol, book club ed., © 1963: price I
paid - $7.50 (includes S&H)
XIII. Are there other resources for the Happy Hollisters?
A. There are only four web pages that I'm aware of that
have information on The Happy Hollisters. I haven't yet found
any information by conventional means, but will re-list those
web resources that I have listed throughout this FAQ.
1.The Unofficial Happy Hollister (UHH) home page at:
http://happy-hollisters.com [edited to update]
2.The Booklover's Den Hollister page at:
3. Happy Hollister Article-has main character descriptions at:
4. The Series Book Network Hollister page at:
XIV. Are there resources for other collectible book series?
A. Other FAQs
1. The RABC (rec.arts.books.childrens) FAQ at:
2. The Trixie Belden FAQ at:
3. The Wizard of OZ FAQ at:
B. Other web pages
1. The Betsy-Tacy Homepage at:
2. The Cherry Ames Page at:
3. The Hardyboy's Home Page at:
4. The Homepage of Anne of Green Gables at:
5. The Little House on the Prairie/Laura Ingalls Homepage at:
6. The Nancy Drew: Girl Sleuth, Girl Wonder Page at:
7. The Story of the Bobbsey Twins Page at:
8. The Trixie Belden Page at:
9. The Wondeful Wizard of OZ Page at:
C. Other resources--coming soon
XV. General Tips and Ideas
A. It's a good idea to know how to read and understand roman
numerals if you're interested in collecting these books. Most
of the books in this series (as well as most of the books in
other series) are dated using roman numerals. I'll include a
small tutorial on roman numerals as well as a 1953-1970 listing
in this section.
First an interesting piece of history. When used by the
Romans, Roman numerals were only added and never subtracted.
Subtraction of Roman numerals was introduced during the medeival
period of history. For example instead of 1997 being written
MCMXCVII as it commonly is today...it would have been written
instead as MDCCCCLXXXXVII. Quite a difference!
In order to understand Roman Numerals, you need to know what
they represent. Below you'll find a listing of what each Roman
Numeral represents. I'm listing both the number and the name so
that those of you with fonts that look similiar have an easier
time reading it.
I = 1 (one)
V = 5 (five)
X = 10 (ten)
L = 50 (fifty)
C = 100 (one hundred)
D = 500 (five hundred)
M = 1000 (one thousand)
In order to read modern dates comprised of Roman Numerals, you need
to remember three main things. The first is that when you see two of the same
values next to each other, you should add those values. For example, when
you see I and I next to each other (II) you should add them I+I (or one plus
one)=II or in other words, two. The second thing to remember is that if a
greater value is followed by a smaller value, you should add the numbers. For
example when a V is followed by an I, the two values should be added V+I (or
five plus one)=VI or six. Finally, if a smaller value is followed by a greater
value, you should subtract the smaller value from the larger. An example of
this is when you see an I followed by a V, the smaller value is subtracted from
the larger...meaning that V-I (five minus one)=IV or four.
Now for some modern Roman Numeral oddities. When used recently
(1900's and above), a Roman Numeral's value is only used three times in
succession which is why III = 3 (three), but IV = 4 (four). However, you will
sometimes find IIII (four) used in place of IV on clocks..and can sometimes
find it in dating with older (pre 1800's usually) books. The next oddity is that
in some books your will find an I and a backwards "C". This generally
occured from between the 1500's and 1600's and represents a D.
Now for that listing I promised you:
MCMLIII = 1953 (Nineteen fifty three)
MCMLIV = 1954 (Nineteen fifty four)
MCMLV = 1955 (Nineteen fifty five)
MCMLVI = 1956 (Nineteen fifty six)
MCMLVII = 1957 (Nineteen fifty seven)
MCMLVIII = 1958 (Nineteen fifty eight)
MCMLIX = 1959 (Ninteen fifty nine)
MCMLX = 1960 (Nineteen sixty)
MCMLXI = 1961 (Nineteen sixty one)
MCMLXII = 1962 (Nineteen sixty two)
MCMLXIII = 1963 (Nineteen sixty three)
MCMLXIV = 1964 (Nineteen sixty four)
MCMLXV = 1965 (Nineteen sixty five)
MCMLXVI = 1966 (Nineteen sixty six)
MCMLXVII = 1967 (Nineteen sixty seven)
MCMLXVIII = 1968 (Nineteen sixty eight)
MCMLXIX = 1969 (Nineteen sixty nine)
MCMLXX = 1970 (Ninteen seventy)
Finally, I did not check these numbers against The Happy Hollister
books...and these dates are based on the most commonly used ones of the
B. There are just as many reasons for collecting books as there are types
of collectors. Some books are turned into collectibles simply because they are
loved. The type of collector who collects books for love may have many
reasons for doing so. Perhaps they remember the books fondly or want to
share them with other people. Perhaps they were deeply affected by messages
that the book brought into their lives or even were inspired when reading the
books. Sometimes books from your childhood are with you when you become
an adult and you'd like to complete a set. There are also collector's who
collect books in the hopes that they will someday bring a return on their
investment. Perhaps they collect the books because the book is asthetically
pleasing to the eye or is unusual. Perhaps they collect because the book is
highly collectible and should bring a high price if they keep it long enough.
Sometimes books are collected because they will be passed down to the
collector's child or children someday. Despite the different reasons that books
are collected, all book collectors have something in common...they are all
book LOVERS. The reason you collect doesn't matter as long as, in some
manner, you find the books that you collect pleasing. It's all a matter of
personal preference and personal taste. Should you run across someone who
collects for different reasons than you remember that it is a love of books that
drives both of you to collect them.
C. This section will eventually contain web resources that didn't fit into
any of the categories already in the FAQ.
D. Here's a listing of abbreviations I have used in the Unofficial Happy
Hollister FAQ or The UHH page:
1st = First Edition
DD = Doubleday
DD-NS = Doubleday with no symbol
ed. = Edition
edit. = Edition
DJ = Dust Jacket
FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions
GC = Garden City
HH = Happy Hollister
UHH = Unofficial Happy Hollister
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