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

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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 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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        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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        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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        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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          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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          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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            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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            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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              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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              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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              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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              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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              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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              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

              AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

              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 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

              AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

              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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              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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              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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              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

              AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

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

              By Debbie M

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

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              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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              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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