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Finding the Value of Old Encyclopedia Sets

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February 23, 2017 Flag

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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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February 26, 2017 Flag

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, 2017 Flag

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 24, 2017 Flag

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 22, 2017 Flag

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, 2017 Flag

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, 2017 Flag

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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March 15, 2017 Flag

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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March 15, 20170 found this helpful

Since its over 100 years old, it's considered an antique. I would go to several book dealers and see what they say.

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March 13, 2017 Flag

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 Flag

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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February 13, 2017 Flag

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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March 1, 2017 Flag

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, 20170 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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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 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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January 23, 2017 Flag

We have volumes 1-10 of The New Book of Knowledge. I've searched all over the web and numerous other sites and found nothing. They have been in the family since just before 1995. What is the price range for selling them?

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January 23, 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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February 8, 2017 Flag

I have 2 sets of Arthur Mee encyclopedias from England from about 1913. The title on one set is Children's Magazine. The other is Children's Encyclopedia. Is there a market for these? I am down sizing and will nor have any room, but do not want to throw them out.

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February 8, 20170 found this helpful

Most old books, unless they are first editions, have very little value. You can go to www.worthpoint.com to see if there are any that have sold. You can also go to a local book dealer and see. I don't think you will make much money on them.

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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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January 21, 20170 found this helpful

All publish books have a copyright date on the front couple of pages it's that easy to find out

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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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October 12, 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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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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January 31, 20170 found this helpful

Is this the Appleton's Annual Cyclopedia? it looks like an old and venerable volume.

The interesting thing about this book is that since it was printed before 1923 it is apparently out of copyright. This means it's available for free online https://catalog  Record/001461804

and that some publisher has actually reproduced the entire thing and is selling the new reprints for $32 a volume on ebay http://www.ebay  d%3D391436861606

aside from that, i seem to see some of the old tomes selling for $20 per book

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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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