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Finding the Value of Old Encyclopedia Sets

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August 24, 2016 Flag
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I am not finding this particular set either on eBay or elsewhere. Do you know what year these would be? The value?

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August 21, 2016 Flag
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I have books 1-10, 12, 13 and 15 of the Catholic Encyclopedia published between 1907 and 1912 by The Encyclopedia Press, copyright 1913. The books have been stored in my attic for a number of years and some pages have been a little nibbled by mice! All the covers are in a reasonable condition if a bit worn. Any clues as to value or where to sell these would be fantastic. Thanks!

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August 21, 20160 found this helpful

The books may have some value, depending upon their condition. Incomplete sets usually have worth. You can research online for prices with EBay, Craig's List, etc.

Also try this site:

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

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August 16, 2016 Flag
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What is the value of a set of 1972 "The World Book" Encyclopedias? I have the entire 21 volume set, including 20 book volumes plus (1) 1972 Year Book.
It is in excellent condition.

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August 18, 20160 found this helpful

thank you for the information

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August 16, 2016 Flag
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Have a 30 volume set of this encyclopedia, 1943 edition. Is it worth anything to collectors? Or is it only of sentimental value?
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August 17, 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, 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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August 9, 2016 Flag
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How much would a 1929 World Book Encyclopedia set be worth? It is a 10 book set in excellent condition.

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August 14, 20160 found this helpful

Im interested... they may be worthless to some people but I still think they are nice & would like to put on my shelf to use 

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April 2, 2012 Flag
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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.

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June 4, 2016 Flag
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I have a mint condition, 15 volume set of the American Standard Encyclopedia copywright 1937, 1937, and 1938. Is it worth anything?

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July 27, 20160 found this helpful

I have a 1876 set of American standard encyclopedias what is its value

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May 7, 2016 Flag
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I am wondering what a complete set of Standard America Encyclopedias copyright 1937, copyright The University Society MCMXVI is worth?
The set was printed and bounded in the United States of America by
The Cuneo Press, Inc.

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July 28, 20160 found this helpful

I am very interested in these encyclopedias if you are interested in parting with them. scoffron at yahoo.com

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May 16, 2016 Flag
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Does anyone know where to find the value of a complete set of Winston's Cumulative Loose-Leaf Encyclopedias? The set has the original advertising departments contract with hand written payment agreement to the recipient. It was sold in 1922 to a couple in Whittier California. It also contains the coupons for 10 years of annual revision inserts.

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July 28, 20160 found this helpful

I am interested in talking to you about your encyclopedias if you are interested in parting with them. scoffron at yahoo.com

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June 1, 2016 Flag
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I have a complete set of The Columbian Cyclopedia on display in my living room and wanted to know if they are valuable. I have 32 volumes with illustrations. It was published by New York Garretson, Cox &Co. 1892. They are dark red with gold writing and black decoration on the spine. They are in good condition.

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June 2, 20160 found this helpful

Your set may have some value if an original print, however, you will need to research for more information-EBay, Craig's List, online book collectors, etc. This site may also help to start your search:

http://www.biblio.com/blog/2010/12/how-much-is-my-book-worth/

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February 2, 2014 Flag
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I have a set of 15 Chambers encyclopedias from 1973 in very good condition. I was wondering if these are worth anything?

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