Finding the Value of Old Encyclopedia Sets

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April 2, 2012 Flag

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.

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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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January 12, 2017 Flag

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 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 just that-old.

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December 29, 2016 Flag

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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December 30, 20161 found this helpful

I don't think it is highly saleable, unfortunately, though it may indeed be very interesting. You could try eBay for an idea of prices. Perhaps a museum of Americana might be interested.

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December 19, 2016 Flag

What are these books worth and how could I go about selling them?

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December 30, 20160 found this helpful

Try somewhere that is interested in vintage Americana - some museums and small collections might like to have them, but I'm sure they wouldn't pay a lot.

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August 24, 2016 Flag

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 30, 20160 found this helpful

I found the date... it is 1942. Thanks

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October 12, 2016 Flag

There are 20 volumes in an excellent condition. What would be the price to put it in eBay?

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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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September 10, 2016 Flag

I have encyclopedias from the 1800s. I am wondering what they are worth.

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September 10, 20161 found this helpful

Encyclopedias published before 1923 may have some value depending upon age and condition. You can search online for book collectors, contact auction houses in your area and this site:

http://www.book  book-values.html

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September 30, 2016 Flag

I have a set of Popular Mechanics Encyclopedia. There are 27 books A through Z, copywrite 1986. Are these worth anything? They are in excellent condition.

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September 30, 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, 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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May 7, 2016 Flag

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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June 28, 20160 found this helpful

I have set of w.f.quarry encyclopedia dated fro 1917 thru 1935 how much of value

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June 4, 2016 Flag

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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June 5, 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 21, 2016 Flag

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.

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http://www.book  book-values.html

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June 1, 2016 Flag

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.bibl  s-my-book-worth/

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May 13, 2016 Flag

I have a full collection of these, all in better than good shape. Is there any value to these?
Thanks.

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May 13, 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, 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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April 24, 2016 Flag

I have a complete set of Pictured Knowledge, date 1923 and published by Midland Press. I have seen separate volumes posted, but never a price for a complete set. I wonder if anyone has any idea what the set might be worth. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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April 24, 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 1923 and after 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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March 5, 2016 Flag

I have a 1967 set of Merit Student Encyclopaedia. There are 20 volumes plus 2 dictionary volumes. I am sure they have a value. I don't want to just ditch them. Any idea of value please?

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March 5, 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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October 1, 2016 Flag

Does anyone know how much these are worth? I have a set of 12 of the Annual Cyclopedia. I tried to find info online, but couldn't find anything.

Thanks!

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February 24, 2016 Flag

I have the 10 volume set in its plastic case of 'The Popular Educator Library', 1940 revised edition of the 1939 publication. Lon looking both on eBay and Amazon I cannot find a value of the complete set, as it seems no one has one.
I saw an incomplete set for $75.

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February 24, 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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February 14, 2016 Flag

I have a complete set of encyclopedias called, On Four Wheels, published by Orbits publishing in the early seventies. Are they worth anything?

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February 14, 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, 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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January 30, 2016 Flag

I have a set of 21 American People's Encyclopedias in excellent condition and would like to sell them. What is it worth?

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January 30, 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, 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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