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Finding the Value of Old Reference Books

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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: Looking for an Old Cook Book

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 [2]11/30/2010

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.

Question: Value of World Book Dictionary Set

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. [8]01/14/2015

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.

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 [30]08/14/2014

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.

Question: Value of 1941 Funk and Wagnall Dictionary

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.

    By monroed5669 [1]


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    By Dinah Ackerson [4]08/23/2015

    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.

    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 Dinah Ackerson [2]04/06/2015

    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.

    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 Dinah Ackerson [2]03/01/2015

    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.

    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 Dinah Ackerson [2]03/01/2015

    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.

    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 Dinah Ackerson [2]02/24/2015

    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.

    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 Dinah Ackerson [2]12/20/2014

    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.

    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 [30]01/18/2014

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

    Question: Value of Old Dictionaries

    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 [18]03/28/2012

    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.

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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