Finding the Value of Old Encyclopedia Sets

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Tip: Selling Old Encyclopedias

By carol 27 50

For over a year I have tried selling an encyclopedia set that is in pristine condition on Craigslist. I have even seen ads where people are giving away their encyclopedias for FREE. Due to the internet there is nothing that you can't find that isn't in the encyclopedia except the photos. However, they like other books, seem to be a thing of the past. It really is a shame.

Unfortunately I have to downsize and one of the things I have to part with are my books, so the encyclopedias seem to be hanging around without any responses to purchase them. I will probably end up donating them if I can find someone who wants them. I guess the only value of encyclopedia is the sentimental value one has for them. I myself think it is a beautiful sight to see books lining a bookshelf.

By Carol from Beverly, MA

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Question: Value of The Children's Encyclopedia by Arthur Mee

By Jolda R. 1

I have the set of Arthur Mee children's encyclopedias volume 1-10 in perfect condition. They were printed, while he was still alive, in Great Britain by The Amalgamated Press, Ltd London. They are all original and in fantastic condition. I would like to know what they are worth.

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    By DCA 4 1,344 Flag

    December 7, 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. EBay has Mee sets for $25-$50.00.

    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: Determining the Value of a Vintage Set of Encyclopedias

    I have a set of 1961 encyclopedias from " The American Educator " and I'm wondering how much they are worth.

    By Nancy R.

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    By denisec 1 Flag

    January 25, 2014

    I have a complete 24 set of Collier 1987 encyclopedias in excellent continue willing to donate to anyone who can use them just cover shipping cost from NJ nice condition for anyone using to make crafts, etc.

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    Question: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

    Are Funk-Wagnalls encyclopedias from 1959 worth anything?

    By Diana

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    By Stacy 2 29 Flag

    August 16, 2011

    Maybe you can use them as a "safe" of sorts. Just hollow out a portion of the pages to make a "well" and glue the pages' edges together (but not the front cover or you won't be able to get in it!). Thieves will think it's just a book on a shelf, but you'll be able to hide whatever will fit in the cavities. Just a suggestion.

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    Question: Value of 1896 New Popular Encyclopedia

    By Stephen S. 1

    I have a complete set of The New Popular Encyclopedia (1897), Canadian Edition, Compiled by John Ridpath, and published exclusively for the Montreal Newspaper Syndicate. After 18 years of searching, I have been unable to find another complete set of the Canadian version, which includes a supplement devoted to Canada, (lists all 6 of our Prime Ministers, lol). It is in complete condition, but has damage to covers, spines etc. It needs to be rebound. There are over 40,000 maps and illustrations. All the maps of the US states have a list of counties in that state and their population at that time.

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      By DCA 4 1,344 Flag

      November 21, 2015

      Your set may have value if it is an original print but you need to research further to determine any value. Try auction houses, online book collectors, EBay, CraigsList, etc. Also try these sites:

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

      http://www.abebooks.com

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      Question: Value of 1973 World Book Encyclopedia

      I have the entire set of 1973 World Book encyclopedias. What might they be worth if I were to sell them?

      By Lisa V. from Lake Worth, FL

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      By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

      March 19, 2013

      They have no value at all as encyclopedia. You may find someone who can give them to for some sort of craft. Some people carve into them and make sculptures out of such books. Some people use them as lamp bases. However, no one is going to pay for them. Advertise them to give away on Kijii or freecycle or something like that.

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      Question: Finding the Value of Older Encyclopedias

      By jenj 1

      I have a full set of World Book Encyclopedias, copyright 1979. They are in excellent condition. How much would they sell for and where can I sell them?

      I also have a full set of Young Students Encyclopedias, copyright 1977. These are showing a bit of yellowing from age, but otherwise are in good condition. How much would they sell for and where can I sell them?

      By jenj

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      By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

      March 30, 2012

      You can't sell them. No one wants then fir the "knowledge" that is in them. You might be able to give them to someone for arts or crafts projects. People make lamps out of them. Some sculptors carve into them. Schools do projects called "altered books". You can't donate them to charities like Salvation Army either.

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      Question: Value of Set of 1865 Encyclopedias

      By allpurple 1

      Any value to a set of 1865 Encyclopedias (Cyclopedias)? Thanks.

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        By DCA 4 1,344 Flag

        November 17, 2015

        Your set may have value depending on condition and if original print. Some seemingly old sets were reprinted in later years. You can search on EBay, CraigsList, old book collectors, auction houses and on this site to start:

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

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        Question: Value of Chambers Encyclopedia 1973

        I have a set of 15 Chambers encyclopedias from 1973 in very good condition. I was wondering if these are worth anything?

        By Derren D.

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        By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

        February 4, 2014

        No. Old encyclopedia are not worth anything. It is difficult to give them away. Sometimes people use them for crafts, such as paper carving or for lamps. Advertise on something like freecycle to see if someone will take them off your hands. No charity will take them.

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        Question: 1920's Edition of The Book of Knowledge

        By Diane M. 1

        Cover of volume.I have a 20 volume set of The Book of Knowledge. (Arthur Mee Editor-In-Chief). Inside it states Copyright, 1926,1927, The Grolier Society, Copyright 1923,1924,1925,1926,1927 by The Amalgamated Press (1922) Limited.
        The books are hardcover, green cloth with gold imprint. The books are in excellent condition with minimal damage inside the back cover of book 1 only. Title page.

        What would it be worth to a collector today?

        By Diane M.

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        By M halcomb 1 Flag

        June 10, 2014

        I have this exact set in good condition. Can you tell me where and for how much you sold yours? Thank you

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        Question: Value of Old Encyclopedias

        By idi_idi 1

        We found in prime condition some Encyclopedia Britannica, volume 3 1768, publisher William Benton. The only problem is there is not a complete set. These are beautiful books; they look like they have never been used. How much would these books be worth, considering they are not a full set?

        By Dianna L.

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        By mrmima 1 22 Flag

        February 18, 2014

        Hey Dianna, do you still have the books? mail me at mrmima AT yahoo.de please.

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        Question: Determining the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

        By atteberrymom1 1

        I have a full set of encyclopedias from 1966 and plus the child crafting books that they also came with. Who do I need to talk to about to determine how much they are worth now?

        By Sarah

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        By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

        February 26, 2012

        Most schools, libraries and thrift shops won't take them as donations. See if you can find someone who will use them for some sort of craft.

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        Question: Determining the Value of Encyclopedias

        By Claudia Anderson 1

        I have a set of New Standard Encyclopedia, 1981, and The Science Library that is in mint condition. Can anyone tell me how to find out if they have any value?

        By Claudia

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        By Lilac 20 1,329 Flag

        January 7, 2012

        The pictures in them might be useful for kids school projects but I doubt anyone will pay anything for them.

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        Question: Value of Vintage Chamber's Encyclopedias

        Chamber's encyclopedias on the floor.How much are my Chamber's encyclopaedias worth? They were reprinted in 1969. They are white with dust covers and in mint condition.

        By Chris

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        By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

        December 7, 2011

        People occasionally use them for crafts and art projects. I don't think anyone would pay for them, though. I wouldn't. 1969 isn't vintage or anything.

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        Question: Determining the Value of a Partial Set of 1865 American Encyclopedias

        What would be the value of 5 encyclopedias from 1865? They are in pretty good shape with the exception of one which lost some of the outer binding. The pages inside and binding are very good. I believe they are called "The American Encyclopedia." I've had books from that era that were literally falling apart, unreadable, and unopenable basically, but these are not like that.

        By M Korn

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        By frenchgirl 1 Flag

        April 2, 2012

        Hello, If you still have this set, I would be interested in making an offer.

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        Question: Selling Vintage Encyclopedia Sets

        I have 2 sets of encyclopedias and I'm trying to find out how much they are worth. One is a Funk and Wagnalls' Universal Standard. It is a 25 volume set from 1954-55 the second one is a 12 volume Popular Mechanics do it yourself, 1st edition, from 1955. I am looking to get rid of them, but I don't want to cheat myself or anyone else. Thanks.

        By B Sheftic

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        By Elaine S. 39 243 Flag

        July 28, 2011

        I had some 1932 encyclopedias that my mother used to teach with and when I tried to sell them in the 70's, I could not get anything out of them at all. It even showed the first tv in it. I hope you have better luck.

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        Question: Value of 1914 Set of Encyclopedia Americana

        By cheyneshine 1

        I have a complete set of the Encyclopedia Americana; published in 1914. Is it worth anything?

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          By joan 7 141 Flag

          August 15, 2015

          Value is based on how many complete sets are still around and condition. Probably little to no value. I used to work for an historical library and we got calls about these and old bibles all the time.

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          Question: Value of 1977 World Book Encyclopedia Set

          What is the value of complete set of 1977 World Book Encyclopedias?

          By Tammy

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          By Abigail A. 15 1,032 Flag

          January 13, 2015

          It is not worth the shipping to send it to someone. Libraries won't take them anymore. Sometimes papercrafters use the pictures for crafts. See if you know anyone who does this.

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          Question: Value of American Educator's Encyclopedia

          By Eleanor B. 1

          cover pageI have a old set of American Educator Encyclopedias.
          How much are they worth?

          By Eleanor B.

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          By Abigail A. 15 1,032 Flag

          January 3, 2015

          Some of these can be worth quite a bit of money, depending on several factors. First, condition. Second, when it was printed. Third, how many were made, and so forth.

          One way to check is to go to ebay. Find a set that is exactly like yours. See how much it sold for (not just how much they listed it for.) That will give you a general idea.

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          Question: Value of Encyclopedia Set

          What is the value of 1950's Funk and Wagnall's encyclopedia set?

          By Sandra S.

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          By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

          August 7, 2014

          I would say that a set from the 50's has no value. You will be lucky to give it away. Some people make sculptures; some make lamps out of this type of book. It is not old enough to be collectible or an antique. The information is outdated. See if you can find someone who you can give it to for craft projects.

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          Question: Value of 1954 World Family Encyclopedia

          I have a full set in excellent condition. It is a first edition. What is the value? I am looking to sell.

          By Kat

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          By Jess 132 771 Flag

          October 29, 2013

          I see this question asked a lot. Usually, they are worthless except for craft projects, because they are so outdated with incorrect information. You might try selling them as a set online but shipping will be probably more than the encyclopedias are worth.

          Encyclopedias that are over 100 years old or have some other historical significance might be worth something. In that case, I would take it to a bookstore that specializes in old or rare books.

          Good luck, let us know what the outcome is?

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          Question: Value of Old Encyclopedias

          I am questioning the value of: 1939 Webster's Dictionary, good condition, 1926 Winstin's Loose-Leaf Encyclopedia, fair condition, 1948 Funk and Wagnall's new Standard Encyclopedia, good condition, and 1957 World Book Encyclopedia, good condition.

          By Paula E.

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          By Becky Hansen 3 Flag

          May 19, 2013

          This is strickly my opinion but, I think probably they would only be valuable to a collector or to your local library.

          Becky H.

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          Question: Replacing a Missing Volume from an Old Encyclopedia Set

          I have any almost complete set of the Globe encyclopedia London, Edinburgh & Dublin: A. Fullarton & Co 1880. I would like to find a missing volume and find the value for the set. Any suggestions?

          By Sivert

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          By Marie Brack 131 Flag

          August 12, 2012

          There's Thriftyfun thread about this that came up when I Googled it: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf13085847.tip.html

          Is 1880 the year your set was published?

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          Question: Value of Grolier's "The Book of Art"

          I have a ten volume set collection of Grolier's "The Book of Art" 1965. They all have the original book jackets and are in great condition. What is it worth?

          By Iris

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          By Lewissan 40 230 Flag

          August 8, 2012

          They have some for sale on Amazon's seller market here:

          http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-list ... _olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used

          Full sets are available from $40 to $80.

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          Question: 1954 New Standard Encyclopedia

          Volume on a desk.I have the 1954 New Standard Encyclopedia by Standard Education Society. I have a 10 volume set plus the yearly updates from 1954 to 1962 which are pamphlets bound in a hard cover. Is there any market for these? They are very fancy and I would say in good shape. Closeup of cover.

          By Craig L.

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          By franksoda 2 Flag

          July 20, 2013

          I am interested if you still have these.

          Thanks

          franksoda AT outlook.com

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          Question: 1928 Set of Times Encyclopedia and Gazetteer

          I have a full set of 1928 Times Encyclopedia and Gazetteer. They are leather bound and in mint condition. How much do you think they are worth? Thanks.

          By John

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          By Mary00 1 10 Flag

          March 31, 2012

          I did a quick search on ebay. There are 1935 sets NOT selling at 20 dollars. I did a search for sold sets and found non that have actually sold.I'm sorry. Maybe there is a collector that is looking for 1928 in particular. Wish you luck

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          Question: 1914 People's Encyclopedia Value

          I have a complete set (5) of the People's Cyclopedia from 1914.

          I was wondering what they may be worth?

          By J L

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          By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

          March 19, 2012

          Good luck with your search. This set is old enough that it should have collectible value as an antique.

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          Question: 1941 and 1942 Americana Encyclopedia Sets

          Are these sets in excellent condition worth anything?

          By A

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          By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

          March 14, 2012

          Old encyclopedias have little or no value. Look at the archived info about this.

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          Question: Value of a Set of 1957 Universal Standard Encyclopedias

          I have a set of 1957 Universal Standard encyclopedias and was wondering if anyone knew what their value might be?
          The set is complete and in good condition.

          By Chris S.

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          By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

          February 24, 2012

          Outdated encyclopedias have no value. You can not give them away, unless you can find someone who wants them for some sort of craft or art project. Charities will not take them.

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          Question: Determining the Value of a Encyclopedia Set

          How much is the value of 1965 copyright World Book encyclopedia set, in good condition?

          By Kristl

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          By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

          February 24, 2012

          The previous poster is correct. There is almost no use for them and charities and libraries won't take them either. You may find someone you can give them to that may want them for some sort of craft project. Altered books are one type of craft/art project that people would use them for. I have also seen lamps made from books.

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          Question: Value of a 1877 Condensed American Encyclopedia Set

          I have volume 1-4 of the set in decent condition and was wondering how much they are worth.

          By Laura from Portland, OR

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          By annelle snyder 13 14 Flag

          February 17, 2012

          Might there be a local historical society that could use them - donation. Rather than trash 'em. Unfortunately, it has been my experience that old ency. have little, if any, value. Good luck!

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          Question: Value of a Set of Encyclopedia Americanna

          What is a set of the Encyclopedia Americanna, 1829-1956, all 30 volumes worth?

          By Bryon from Lemont, IL

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          By Alicia 6 137 Flag

          January 12, 2012

          You might want to check www.eBay.com to see if there is anything currently listed that is similar. Our maybe you would be able to find something that sold on auction under the ended items. It might give you a rough idea of the value.

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          Question: Value of an Old Encyclopedia Set

          I have a complete 30 volume set of the Encyclopedia Americana, 1954 copyright. It is in very good condition. Are they worth any money?

          By Gail L.

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          By llpensinger 15 64 Flag

          January 5, 2012

          Someone that is interested in that year for personal reasons, ie.....born that year....might be interested put on Craigslist for 50.00 or BO see what happens.

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          Question: Value of Old Encyclopedias

          Is a 1945 set of encyclopedia Britannica worth anything? They are in pretty good condition.

          By Jeanne

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          By Frances Adams 11 554 Flag

          December 4, 2011

          You can search online for that particular set, or try ebay, to see if anyone is selling that same set, and see what they are asking. The only sites I have seen for antique books DO have encyclopedias, but they are from the 1800s and earlier.

          I have a set of World Book encyclopedias that we made into a bedside table. I just glued them together into a tower, threw an old table cloth over, and got a free bedside table.

          Hope you find what you are looking for!

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          Question: Value of a 1955 Chamber's Encyclopedia Set

          By nappy 1

          Volume of Chamber's encyclopedia set.I own a 1955 set of Chamber's Encyclopedias. It consists of 15 volumes and 2 volumes of Chambers Encyclopedia World Survey 1960 and 1961.

          They were hand made in London, England and are bound in red leather and embossed with 24k gold.

          I would like to sell them and I need to know their current market value.

          By Juliette W.

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          By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

          December 7, 2011

          You might find someone who wants them for crafts or art projects. Try posting them as giveaways on the local Kijii or Craigslist or whathaveyou.

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          Question: Value of Claxton Encyclopedias

          I have a set of Claxton encyclopedias, volume 12 to volume 20. Are they worth anything? They're in great condition.

          By James

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          By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

          September 27, 2011

          Unless these are truly vintage, like 1850 or something like that, they are not likely worth anything.

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          Question: Selling a Volume of Old Harver World Encyclopedia

          One volume of a Harver World encyclopedia.I have had this book for a long time and need to know how I can sell them. Thanks.

          By JoAnn B.

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          By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

          September 27, 2011

          Most schools are not interested in old encyclopedias either. In my school, we toss out the old sets. Or try to use them for crafts or something.

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          Question: Determining the Value of a Vintage Encyclopedia Set

          How do I determine what are my complete set of 1904 Encyclopedia Britannica are worth? They are in good condition.

          By Janice B.

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          By Julia 147 1,074 Flag

          July 27, 2011

          You can always go to a local museum too, or an old historical home maintained by a society working to preserve the past and see if you get any help there. If you want to donate and get a tax deduction, at least, you'll have a stated value to use.

          If you choose to list them on eBay for instance, just be sure to pack them, take them to the post office and have them weighed using a destination of the farthest zip code from you

          as a basis for determining Media Rate postage. If they were mine and I was shipping them, I'd also insure them.

          Selling them on Craig's List might be your best bet and be sure to mention "Local Pick-up Only" so you will not need the extra cost of mailing or shipping. Postage is just too expensive,

          and deters many buyers.

          I wish you the best of luck.

          Pookarina

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          Question: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

          By robert hamilton 1

          I have a full 8 book set of Waverley encyclopedias. I don't know if they are worth any money. They are over at least 50 years old. They are still in good condition. How do I determine their value in order to sell them? What are my other options? donation? etc. Thank you for any advice.

          By Robert from Scotland

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          By Cal123 2 Flag

          September 8, 2011

          The inquiry is about the 1959 Funk and Wagnalls set.

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          Question: Value of 1966 Encyclopedia Brittanica

          By joyross 1

          What is the value of Encyclopedia Brittanica complete set with atlas and dictionary. It is the 1966 edition. I also have the Worldbook Encyclopedia complete set with dictionary, 1966 edition, and a set of Child Craft books.

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            By DCA 4 1,344 Flag

            November 13, 20151 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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            Question: Value of 1891 Cyclopaedia

            By Michelle Y. 1

            I have a set of 1891 Cyclopaedia. Any idea on how much the value is?

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              By DCA 4 1,344 Flag

              November 6, 2015

              You need to do some research to find an estimate on value. The physical condition of the books is extremely important in estimating a value for the set. You can try EBay and Craig's List and there are sites that provide value estimates for antique books.

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              Question: Value of The New International Illustrated Encyclopaedia 1954

              By Trudy S 4

              I am wanting to find out the value of a full set volume 1-6 of the New International Illustrated Encyclopaedia 1954.

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                By DCA 4 1,344 Flag

                November 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 Antique Encyclopedia Sets

                By gzhmmmmm 1

                I have several different encyclopedia sets that has been in my family for years in very good condition. How would I find out if they have any value to them?

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                  By DCA 4 1,344 Flag

                  November 5, 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 1946 Universal World Reference Encyclopedia

                  By Jfleet 1

                  I have a complete set of these books in perfect condition and by the looks of it they'll make great paper mache material, but not much in book value. Still I feel compelled to ask, are they worth anything? :\

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                    By DCA 4 1,344 Flag

                    November 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 Collier's Encyclopedias

                    By Cheri Green S. 1

                    I have a full set of Collier Encyclopedias, it's a big set with hard back, black covers. Does anyone know what I can do with them, are they worth selling? I also have several Zane Grey storybooks. They are western stories. If anyone knows a collector or and info it would be nice!

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                    Question: Value of National Encyclopedia

                    By peaswasp 1

                    I have 13 volumes from a 14 volume set of National Encyclopedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge by writers of eminence in Literature, Science, and Art. I am just wondering if anyone has any idea of value.

                    volume cover

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                    How can I find out the value of a set of dated encyclopedias?

                    Pamela from Brooklyn, NY

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                    RE: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    I doubt that they're worth any money. People can use the internet now to find things they want to know. Maybe you can try a book store that deals in old books for an estimate. But I wouldn't get my hopes up about it.

                    Good luck. (12/04/2008)

                    By Carol in PA

                    RE: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    I work in a thrift shop and we often have old encyclopedias donated. We can barely give them away. People sometimes buy them for 20 cents each to cut up for school projects or art. Sorry, but unless you have a rare early or first edition, I would say they are worthless.

                    Brenda in Oz
                    (12/04/2008)

                    By ilmarlai

                    RE: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    My family owns a book business online and to find the value of most of our books we go to:
                    bookfinder.com and type in the title of the book. It will come up with how many people are selling it, and what they are selling it for. This always helps us get an estimate of what it's worth. I hope this helps.

                    Blessings, Abby (12/05/2008)

                    By simplelifebooks1

                    RE: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    Someone had a set of encyclopedias on "Antiques Roadshow" TV show not long ago. The dealer told the person that his set of hopefuls were not worth more than what you might get for them at a yard sale. Sorry to say. (12/05/2008)

                    By badwater

                    Archive: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    How do I find out what an old encyclopedia set is worth if I should sell them? It is a complete set, in good condition.

                    By Julie from MO

                    Feedback:

                    RE: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    How old is your set? Unless it's very old, has a connection to a famous person, or is a first edition it probably has minimal value. No one wants encyclopedias now since anything can be looked up online. (01/18/2010)

                    By OliveOyl

                    RE: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    Donate the set to the Good Will or Salvation Army and ask for a receipt for a tax write-off. (01/18/2010)

                    By MCW

                    RE: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    I agree. It it's from the last 50 years it is of no particular value. You might be able to see it at a yard sale or for decorative purposes. You might be able to make lamps out of them, or some other craft project.(01/18/2010)

                    By pamphyila

                    RE: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    • Call a used book seller.
                    • Look at comparable sets on eBay.
                    Good luck. (01/18/2010)

                    By oldlinda

                    RE: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    My mom had some from the 80's and hers aren't worth anything after her searching around. You could donate them to a library. I don't know if they would take them off your hands otherwise you could use them for a craft like the previous post mentioned. (01/20/2010)

                    By dhull83

                    RE: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    I've seen a project where someone drilled a small circular hole down through a stack of these books, then held them in place with a pole, to make an interesting end table. I suspect directions are available somewhere online. (01/21/2010)

                    By ChloeA

                    Archive: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    My dad gave me an encyclopedia set years ago that belonged to his great-aunt. It is one huge volume that covers A-Z. I'm 50 and my dad would have been 75. I just wondered if this is worth anything?

                    Archive: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    How can I determine the value of a 10 volume, 1892 Chambers encyclopaedia set?

                    By Tracey from Penryn, CA

                    Feedback:

                    RE: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    I tried giving book sets to the local library, like the hard bound Readers Digest and National Geographic. They would not take them. And they said they wouldn't take encyclopedias.The same with most of the charities, they can't sell them and they don't have room to store them. If you happen to have a rare set, maybe a college or school would take them. You might try Overlookedbook AT aol.com and see if Maryjo can help you with ideas. Good luck.
                    (07/14/2010)

                    By Great Granny Vi

                    Archive: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    What is the value of a Funk and Wagnalls Universal Standard Encyclopedia, 1955 Deluxe Edition? It is a full set of 25 volumes.

                    Archive: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    I have an entire set of encyclopaedias that were damaged in a house flood yesterday.

                    Archive: Finding the Value of an Encyclopedia Set

                    How can I find out how much is The Encyclopedia Library, 1943 ed. is worth?

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