Finding the Value of Old Reference Books

The value of old reference books is often hard to determine. This is a guide about finding the value of old reference books.

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Question: Value of Time Life Books

By Al S. 1

If I understand the other postings on this site my complete 1958 World Book Encyclopedia set is worthless except for crafters.

I also have a complete set of Time Life books "World War II" C 1977
And a Time Life series titled "Understanding Computers" C 1988
Both sets in pristine condition. Are either worth anything?
Thanks.

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    By DCA 4 1,354 Flag

    January 23, 2016

    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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    Question: Looking for an Old Cook Book

    By Frank 4 20

    Years ago I had a very good cook book. It was a thick book, like a Bible. It had such really good recipes that were older. The best way I can describe this book is that in the back it had daily in-season meal plans for breakfast,dinner, and supper. I cannot remember the name of it and the covers were missing.

    Thank you.

    By Frank from AR

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    By Frank 4 20 Flag

    November 30, 2010

    Thanks again for everyones help. I found the book, with your aid, on the net and it is in the mail to me.

    Should receive in a day or two.

    Sure are helpful persons on this site.

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    Question: Value of Annals of America Worth

    By mrbrn12 1

    I have a complete set of 1968 Annals of America that came with my Encyclopedia Brittanica. Is it worth anything?

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      By DCA 4 1,354 Flag

      November 20, 2015

      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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      Question: Value of World Book Dictionary Set

      By heli 1

      red volumes on shelvesI have a set of World Book Dictionaries (24 volumes). The copyright is 1988.
      Is there any value for these?

      By heli

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      By Abigail A. 15 1,046 Flag

      January 14, 2015

      A lot of people see these on Ebay for $100 to $200 and get excited. But that's just the price they're listed at. That doesn't mean they actually sell for that. They don't.

      Most old Encyclopedias, with the exception of something extremely rare, aren't worth the cost of shipping them to a buyer.

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      Question: Value of Atlas

      I have a Encyclopedia Britannica World Atlas. It is an old copy from 1940. I want to know how much it is worth.

      By Adriana C.

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      By cybergrannie 32 893 Flag

      August 14, 2014

      I found about 50 listings on eBay for Encyclopedia Britannica World Atlas but from all different years.

      There does seem to be some value if you sell it on eBay or maybe other sites.

      Value otherwise - not much - if any.

      Try finding info on Google, eBay and other sites for information.

      Just remember - asking price is just that - asking price - not value.

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      Question: Value of 1910 - The Americana

      By Rhino25 1

      I have a complete set of 1910 The Americana - A Universal Reference Library. Can anyone tell me if it worth anything, and if it is, the best way to sell it?

      Thank you.

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        Value of 1910 The Americana

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        By DCA 4 1,354 Flag

        November 17, 2015

        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.

        Your set may have value depending upon the buyer, condition of the set etc. You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities. You can also check auction houses in your area, old book stores, etc.

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        Question: Value of Britannica Dictionary

        By Mariana H 1

        What is the value of this book?

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          By DCA 4 1,354 Flag

          October 4, 2015

          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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          Question: Value of Vintage Reference Books

          By Jett S. 1

          Just to start, I've done Google, eBay, Amazon, anywhere I can think of, including reading your thread on this topic. I will say it's an encyclopedia, but it's from 1915, leather bound, and practically in pristine condition. It's a full 10 book set plus loose leaf extension book. It's Perpetual Encyclopedia Corporation, but says Chicago/Toronto under the name, rather than ones listed saying Chicago/Illinois. It's the Home And School Reference Work, A Library of Practical, Authoritative Information drawn from every dept. of human knowledge. Made in USA.

          Could you help find an estimate price to sell, both individually and as a complete set. I'm sending a couple of images to see if it helps. And if you cannot find an estimated price, could you please recommend somewhere that might be able to give a general estimate as I can't afford a professional appraiser.

          Thank you for any help you might be able to offer in this. I've owned them more than 20 years and believe I could be only the 2nd owner of these books.

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            By DCA 4 1,354 Flag

            September 29, 2015

            Encyclopedias dated before 1923 may have some value to a collector. You may be able to find more about your books at this site:

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

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            Question: Value of 1941 Funk and Wagnall Dictionary

            By monroed5669 1

            I have a two volume set of the 1941 unabridged dictionary, 2,970 pages, with illustrations. Does anyone know the possible value if any? They are in great condition.

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              By DCA 4 1,354 Flag

              August 23, 2015

              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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              Question: Value of New Standard Encyclopedia Volume VIII

              cover page I've been cleaning my old house and somehow I've got the New Standard Encyclopedia, volume VIII, 1930, Sydney NSW Australia. I can't even remember where I got it from. Does anybody know if I can sell it or how much I can ask for it. It's not in bad shape. The covers are just a little bit scratched, but the pages are OK. Thanks in advance! Value of New Standard Encyclopedia Volume VIII

              By Niko G

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              By DCA 4 1,354 Flag

              April 6, 2015

              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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              Question: Value of Reference Books

              I have a complete set, 20 volumes, of "The World and Its Peoples", illustrated library. Also I have a 14 volume set of America "Great Crimes in Our History, Told by Its Makers".

              By Kristin

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              By DCA 4 1,354 Flag

              March 1, 2015

              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 other old 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.

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              Question: Value of 1887 Scientific American Reference Book

              I have an old 1887 Scientific American reference book. It is an official census of the United States by counties for 1880. How much is this book worth?

              By dlawnz

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              By DCA 4 1,354 Flag

              March 1, 2015

              Could not find a reference to the book online. This book probably has little value as most of this type of information is now available online. Old book collectors may be interested.

              You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities.

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              Question: Value of 1965 World Atlas

              I have a set of 24 volumes of the 1965 World Atlas. How much money can I get for them?

              By Azim from New York

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              By DCA 4 1,354 Flag

              February 24, 2015

              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 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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              Question: Value of 1932 Universal Dictionary

              I have a 1932 Universal Dictionary, how much is it worth?

              By Debbie M

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              By DCA 4 1,354 Flag

              December 20, 2014

              You can search online, check craigslist, old book sites for information, etc. However, old books, dictionaries included, have little value as our computer age has most information instantly available online and always updated.

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              Question: Value of 1938 Set of Oxford English Dictionary

              I just came across these that were my mom's. They were stored in the attic for years and are in good to fair shape. Do they have any value?

              By Les U

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              By cybergrannie 32 893 Flag

              January 18, 2014

              Hi - you may find some information on eBay or Google.

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              Question: Value of Old Dictionaries

              By Revelator 2 4

              I have (2) dictionaries called, The New Century Dictionary. They were first copyrighted in 1927. They are in good condition. Does anyone happen to know what their value might be?

              By Revelator from Mobile, AL

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              By Lilac 20 1,329 Flag

              March 28, 2012

              Actually their value is nothing. Every year a few new words are added to the English language. Some of these are fad words and some are not. None of these will be in your old dictionaries. They would serve a purpose for looking up the words that are in them but a new dictionary will cover everything. Before a person would pay for an old dictionary, they would pay for a new one.

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              Question: Value of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

              I have a copy of the Oxford dictionary of quotations published in 1953. It is in good condition. Is this worth anything?

              By Peter S.

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              Question: Value of Reference Books

              How do I find the value of complete sets of Grolier Universal Encyclopedias, The Book of Popular Science, The Lands and Peoples, and 2 books of The New Webster Dictionary of The English Language book 1-A-Resource, book 2 Respect-Zymurgy. They are 1960 and older.

              By Sharon

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              Question: Value of 1914 The Century Dictionary

              I have a corduroy covered "The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language." It is in good condition for its age with some light staining on the corduroy, yellowing of pages, and a few loose pages. It weighs almost 30 lbs! I would like to know a reasonable amount to ask, as I have seen it on Antiques Roadshow and know I cannot ask that amount. Thanks!

              By CJ

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              Question: Value of Old Reference Books

              I have 6 books in the set, Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences, Kingsway London. They are in pristine condition. Would these books be worth anything? Printed in London.

              By Kerrie Ann

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              Question: 1909 International Encyclopedia of Reference

              I have a set in fair (fair to good) condition. It is missing volume II. Does it have any value?

              By Joe R.

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              Question: Value of World Topics Year Books

              I have been collecting the World Topics Year Book, published by the United Educators, Inc. since 1965. I would just like to know what their value might be.

              By Jame

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              Question: Value of Scientific American Reference Book

              Cover of the book.I have a reference book named Scientific American Reference Book; it is in good condition. It was printed in 1876 by Munn and Company and it says it was 37th copy. What's it worth? Cover page of reference book.

              By Dennis A from Lincoln, NE

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              Question: Value of a Book on Rifle Shooting and Scoring

              How do I find the value of book titled "Rifle Shooting and Scoring", Andrews, 27th edition? It is waterproof.

              By Ben

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              Question: Finding the Value of Language Dictionaries

              I have a 1900 edition of Hill's vest pocket Latin-English, English-Latin dictionary, soft-bound, red, leather-like. It is in good shape. Any idea of its worth?

              By Chris

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              Question: Finding the Value of Vintage History Books

              I have a book entitled, "Makers of the Americas", by Lansing, Chase, and Nevins published by Heath in 1947. It talks about the discovery of the Americas and the various fights for independence, the Civil War, South America's history, inventions, progress, etc. It goes thru both World Wars.

              Additionally, I have a book titled "America's War for Humanity: Pictorial History of the World War for Liberty", by Thomas H. Russell, William D. Eaton, and James M. Miller. The copyright is 1919. It is hardbound with some stains on cover. It is a great read. How do I determine what value these books might have?

              By Chris

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