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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

Set of encyclopedias

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Older encyclopedias are typically not worth much. On-line research for your specific set might help to determine value. This is a guide about finding the value of New Standard Encyclopedias.

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February 23, 20170 found this helpful

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Although vintage or newer encyclopedias generally do not have much value, an antique set may. Research would be needed to see if your set is rare, a first edition, or has other value based on age or specific content. This is a guide about value of New Popular encyclopedia 1902.

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March 28, 20170 found this helpful

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Most Encyclopaedias are not worth much as they were mass produced and distributed. However, if you have a particularly old or rare set on Encyclopaedias, they may have some value for a collector. This is a guide about value of the New Educator Encyclopaedia 1948.

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February 26, 20170 found this helpful

Collier's Encyclopedias

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This is a guide about finding the value of Collier's encyclopedias. Some old books may be rare and have great value. Others may be more difficult to place value on, but may have other uses.

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February 25, 20170 found this helpful

Set of Americana.

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The value of older reference books is determined by a number of factors. The profusion of encyclopedias and the lack of the currency of their information often render them very low in value. This is a guide about finding the value of the Encyclopedia Americana.

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February 22, 20170 found this helpful

Volumes of encyclopedias.

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Many homes had these reference books because they were readily available at the supermarket in the 1950s. Although dated, encyclopedias can sometimes be sold in niche markets to crafters and some collectors. This is a guide about finding the value of Funk and Wagnalls encyclopedias.

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February 19, 20170 found this helpful

Stack of encyclopedias.

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Many homes have a little used set of encyclopedias on the bookshelf. This is a guide about finding the value of Chamber's encyclopedias.

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February 12, 20170 found this helpful

Volumes in crate.

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This is a guide about value of Richards Topical encyclopedia. There are a few websites and businesses that may help you determine the value of old reference books.

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May 12, 2017

Is this set (which is pristine, they still creak when opened) worth anything at all? They are complete and with the case. Any idea?

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May 12, 20170 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, dictionaries and 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, Craigs List and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are jus

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May 11, 2017

I have a full set of World Wide Encyclopedia published by Books Inc. I think it was published the end of 40s. It is in good condition. How can I learn the value of this please?

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May 11, 20170 found this helpful

Unless they are antiques they are not worth much. You could take it to a dealer, but I think you will be disappointed

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May 3, 2017

I am trying to find out the value of a set of the New Book of Knowledge from 1898. It is missing one volume.

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May 3, 20170 found this helpful

I'm not sure that your set is from 1898 if it is indeed the New Book of Knowledge as I believe the New was added when they replaced the original sets.

However, most of these sets are not as valuable when one volume/book is missing. You will probably have to see someone that sells vintage/older books to tell you anything for sure. The condition and what type of binding the books will also make a difference in value. These set are very difficult to sell and a real pain to ship so if you decide to try to sell, I would recommend trying Craigslist first.

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March 15, 2017

I have an encyclopedia that says Werner Encyclopedia, but it doesn't say Britannica. It is dated 1909 and was published in Akron, Ohio. I was hoping to get some information on that encyclopedia.

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April 16, 20170 found this helpful

Hello i sent a question last time and I have come to a conclusion with proof that I have a 1908 1910 saalfield company\werner company revised set of the 9th brittanica never published and not legally copyrighted taken to court by brittanica for copyright issues the company had to pay Appleton cyclopedia and not sell any copy's since hooper now had rights to the 9th brittanica leaving them with this one and only set.I also found that this is considered public domain now.but since this is the only set by that company before shouting down in 1910 could I continue the project and publish it with a company ?

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May 8, 2017

I have a 20 volume set of New World Family Encyclopedias. It is the unabridged deluxe edition in very good condition. I would like to know it's value.

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May 8, 20170 found this helpful

Encyclopedias, unless they are antique (over 100 years old), have very little value in this day and age when accurate information can be gotten over the internet in seconds.

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April 4, 2017

I have a full set of American People Encyclopedias in decent condition. What would they be worth? They are 1958 edition.

Thank you.

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April 4, 20170 found this helpful

Most of these are worth very little. Up to date Information is obtained easily on the internet. You would be better off donating it and taking the tax deduction.

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February 13, 2017

What is the estimated value of a complete set of the encyclopedia Americana in perfect condition?

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February 21, 20170 found this helpful

You are asking for an estimated value - for what reason? Do you plan to try and sell these? Are you thinking local or Internet? These are good questions because each of these have different problems and also time necessary to sell.

Local: Craig's List is good and you may have several other local sites to explore. May not bring a lot of money but there will be no difficult shipping involved and usually free listing.

Internet/On-Line sale: Amazon and eBay are probably your best bet but you need to check out each one before making a decision. Just remember - shipping is real "pain".

Here are 2 eBay current listings for your type of books:

http://www.ebay  set&_sacat=0

http://www.ebay  opedia-americana

Here is a link showing what sets of books actually sold for:

http://www.ebay  d=p2045573.m1684

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April 3, 2017

What is a full set Collier's Encyclopedia published in 1932 worth?

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April 3, 20170 found this helpful

These books usually have very little value. You would probably be better off financially by donating it and taking the tax deduction.

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March 13, 2017

How much would a set of 1884 German encyclopedias be worth?

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March 13, 20170 found this helpful

That'a old. It may be an antique. I would take it to several book dealers to get an idea of what it's worth.

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March 13, 2017

I have encyclopedias from 1993 that are People and Places from A to Z and was wondering how much they are worth. They are 23 years old so I was wondering how much I should sell them for.

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March 13, 20170 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, dictionaries and 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, 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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January 12, 2017

I have a copy of The Children's Encyclopedia by Arthur Mee, volumes 1 to 10. They are in excellent condition. I would just like some information on this set, as well as, if they are worth anything.

I would be grateful for any information thank you

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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

I believe DCA gave an excellent answer.

It seems strange that most books offered for sale on eBay or Amazon are not in the US but being offered from the UK.

Here is one site showing what is currently listed (not sold) (1/13/2017):

https://www.ama  ia+by+Arthur+Mee

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March 1, 2017

I have a set of circa '60s encyclopedias in perfect condition, that I need to know the value of and how and where best to sell them. I also have a set of year books from the same time (era) that are perfect.

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March 1, 20171 found this helpful

These encyclopedias are not worth. Financially you would probably be better off donating them and taking the tax deduction.

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December 29, 2016

How much is an entire set of Americana encyclopedia 1904 (16 volumes) worth? They are in pretty good shape considering their age! Where can I sell them?

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