Finding the Value of Encyclopedia Britannica Encyclopedias

Sets of these often updated reference books are not as useful as they used to be, since the advent of the computer. This guide is about finding the value of Encyclopedia Britannica encyclopedias.

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I am just wondering how much a set of 1969 Encyclopedia Britannica 23 volumes, white in color is worth. I saw it on eBay for $899 and wondering if it is accurate.

Thanks.

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    Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value, a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

    You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigs List and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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    Does anyone now what the value of a full set of 1996 15th edition brown leather 32 volume set of Encyclopedia's Anniversary edition is worth? They come with a certificate showing they are set number 32,774 out of 49,999. I also have the matching brown leather yearbooks from 1994 until 2005. I also have the original Great Books set of sixty volumes that came with the above set. All are in brand new condition and nearly all of them have never been opened.

    Any ideas would be great. Thanks.

    books on shelfValue of Encyclopedia Brittanica 15th Edition Value of Encyclopedia Brittanica 15th Edition
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      Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated before 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

      You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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      I have volume 13 of a set Encyclopedia Britannica, copyright 1948. It is in n perfect condition. What would it be worth?

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        Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

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        I have about 30 Volumes of the New Werner Edition Encyclopedia Britannica - with Revised American Supplement 1900. It has a light brown leather cover - in very good condition. Any idea of value?
        Thanks.

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          I was wondering if you could tell me the value of such a collection. Thank you.

          set of Britannica on table
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            view of volumes from the endsI have a set of Encyclopedia Britannica 1768, I have all but 2 books in the set, which are 18 and 19. Are they worth anything? gold impression of name on cover

            By Meredith

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            Because these books are so old, I would contact an antique book dealer in your local area. They can give you a good assessment based on the rarity and condition of the books. Most encyclopedias and other reference books are not worth anything at all, unless they are from before 1840.

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            I have a set of 12 of the above they are very thick with plates. What are they worth?

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              The books may have some value depending upon condition and further research for current collector prices. You can try EBay, Craig's List and online research for possible prices and sales. Also, the site below may help in assessing value and collector interest:

              http://www.book-collecting-tips.com/old-book-values.html

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              What's the value of a 1990 set of encyclopedia Britannica?

              By Alicia from St. Croix, VI

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              Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

              You can check online for old book collectors for price possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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              Hi, for everyone asking questions as to the value of Encyclopaedia Britannica sets, the basic guideline is that the 1st up until the 8th Editions have great collector values, defined by condition. The 9th and 10th Editions are so numerous that they are of small value; up to maybe $3-500 in good condition. Anything after the 11th, 12th, 13th (1910-1928) is basically worthless.

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                How much is my Britannica Encyclopedia set worth? It has 34 volumes, all from 1990; is there any market for these?

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                  Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

                  You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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                  What is a set of 1895 Encyclopedia Britannica worth?

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                    I have a set of 1965 Encyclopædia Britannicias and the Child Craft that goes with them. How much are they worth?

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                      Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value, a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

                      You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigs List and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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                      How much is a set of Britannica Encyclopedias published in 1989 worth? Where can I sell them for a good price?

                      By Charlene

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                      Old encyclopedias have no value. You will be hard pressed to give them away. Charities and Thrift shops will not take them. No one wants them. If you are lucky, you could advertise them on something like Freecycle, and perhaps you might find someone who wants them for crafts. I have seen people make sculptures or lamps out of them. You will never sell them.

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                      I have a beautiful 1973 leather bound complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica in prime condition. Is it of any value?

                      Value of 1973 Encyclopedia Britannica
                        Value of 1973 Encyclopedia BritannicaValue of 1973 Encyclopedia Britannica
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                        Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

                        You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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                        I have one volume of the 1903 edition, vol VIII. The cover is shabby. The inside is in great shape. I can't find any value. Suggestions?

                        Value of Volume 8 New American Encyclopedia Britannica
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                          One volume of a set rarely has much value. You can search online & EBay, Craig's List, and this helpful site:

                          http://www.biblio.com/blog/2010/12/how-much-is-my-book-worth/

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                          gilded edge viewI have a complete set of 1911 (11th ed.) leather bound, gilded edges, Cambridge University Press, Encyclopedia Britannica. Are they worth anything? Every book is well preservered in pristine condition. No damage to spines. front cover cover page

                          By Naiomi V.

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                          Please be careful when you take online advice! Your encyclopedia is very valuable. Please check out the following link: http://www.alibris.com/search/books ... Encyclopedia-Britannica-11th-edition . A leather edition is the last listed on the page. Most encyclopedias are not valuable any more. Yours is likely the most valuable edition.

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                          How much can I get for this? It's just stored in the attic at the new house we moved into. I am just wondering if they are worth anything. I have got the whole set.

                          several volumesValue of Encyclopedia Britannica 1968
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                            Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

                            You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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                            We have the 1902-3 10th edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica, volume 34, maps. The cover is very tatty, but it has been well stored and the maps are in great condition. I wondered if there was a value from anyone who would wish to mount and frame the maps. They have huge historical interest.

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