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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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August 2, 2016 Flag
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Have a nine volume set of "Six Thousand Years of History" dated 1906. I also have a complete set of "Great Books" along with Gateway and Idea sets and finally, 12 vol. "the New Larned History" 1924.
Is there a market or value?

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August 2, 20160 found this helpful

The sets may have some value, however, the values depend upon interested book collectors, similar available sets on the market and condition. You can research online for book collectors, Craig's List, and auction houses. Also try this site:

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

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May 20, 2016 Flag
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I have 8 Waverley Children's Dictionary books and 3 Pictorial Knowledge books. Do these have any value or where can I take them if there is not value to them?

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May 20, 20161 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, 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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November 23, 2010 Flag
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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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November 30, 20100 found this helpful

This is so cool, Frank/fnash. I was actually just poking around another web site that I enjoy and is kind of like a mini e-bay site that focuses only on handmade, or vintage items. I stumbled upon a cookbook that is an earlier edition of my "cooking bible" and thought of you. Here is the site, for your information.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/5472245 ... amp;order=most_relevant&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title&filter[0]=vintage

Hope the link works! (I'm rather a luddite with computer issues!) Have Fun!

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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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January 23, 2016 Flag
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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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January 23, 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, 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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November 19, 2015 Flag
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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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November 20, 20150 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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November 16, 2015 Flag
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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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November 17, 20150 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.

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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October 4, 2015 Flag
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What is the value of this book?

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October 4, 20150 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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September 29, 2015 Flag
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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. front cover

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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September 29, 20150 found this helpful

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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January 14, 2015 Flag
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I have a set of World Book Dictionaries (24 volumes). The copyright is 1988.Is there any value for these?

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