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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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July 21, 2016 Flag
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I just would like to know the value of these. I have the full set in hard cover plus the childrens' encylopedia, 1960.

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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, dictionaries and reference books 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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    July 15, 2016 Flag
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    How can I find the value of a set of leather bound Encyclopedia Britannica from 1903?

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      July 15, 20160 found this helpful

      Encyclopedia Britannicas may have some value for any published before 1924. 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.

      You can search for possible values from an auction house in your area, online search for book dealers and collectors, etc.

      The site below may help:

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

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      July 19, 2016 Flag
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      I inherited a set of Britannica Micropaedia (1-12) and Macropaedia (13-29) plus annual volume, Guide Book and indexes of A-K and L-Z. I is a fifteenth edition printed in 1985 in U.S.A. The Library of Congress catalog card number is 83-83118 and the International Standard book number is 0-85229-423-9. Can anyone help me to assess it's market value to date? Thank you.

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        July 19, 20160 found this helpful

        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, dictionaries and reference books 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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        May 20, 2016 Flag
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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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          June 3, 20160 found this helpful

          Oh oops, you are right. That is a typo. I meant 26. Thank you!

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          June 27, 2016 Flag
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          I was wondering how much a 1768 Encyclopedia Britannica is worth?

          Value of 1768 Encyclopedia Britannicaspine of volume
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            June 27, 20160 found this helpful

            If you have an entire actual 1768 set, it may be valuable and you can get a value estimate at an auction house. However, the 1768 set was reprinted in 1971 and was designed to look as the authentic original, stains and all. If you have the 1971 reprint, it is worthless.

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            June 6, 2016 Flag
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            How much is a 1959 red card bound set of Britannica encyclopaedias in 24 volumes worth?

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              June 6, 20160 found this helpful

              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 and reference books 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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              July 9, 2016 Flag
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              What is a fair price for a 1988 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica?

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                November 30, 2015 Flag
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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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                  November 30, 20150 found this helpful
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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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                  December 2, 2014 Flag
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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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                    April 30, 2016 Flag
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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.

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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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                      October 5, 2014 Flag
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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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                      April 6, 2015 Flag
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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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                      June 17, 2016 Flag
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                      I have a complete set of the 14th Edition, 24 volumes, published in 1936 in good/excellent condition. Is this worth anything?

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                        February 17, 2016 Flag
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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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                          February 17, 20160 found this helpful

                          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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                          February 4, 2016 Flag
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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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                            February 5, 20160 found this helpful

                            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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