Finding the Value of Old Encyclopedia Sets

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I have three sets of encyclopedias. One is a business encyclopedia and two are sets of Funk and Wagnalls; book sizes are approximately 4' x 6' and the dates on them are circa, 1910.

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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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      Winston's Encyclopedias around 1918 are listed on Abe's Books for $2.99 each book. You can search Abe's Books, EBay, Craig's List, etc. for other possibilities.

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

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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 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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        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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          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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          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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          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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            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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            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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              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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              I am trying to determine if a complete set of Funk and Wagnalls Standard encyclopedia from the early 1900s has any value?

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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 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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                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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                  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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                  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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                    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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                    I have two 1877 Appleton's Condensed American Cyclopedia books, in good condition for their age. I was wondering if they had any value?

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                      The books may have some value, depending upon condition. You can research online and with book collectors and sellers, EBay, Craig's List, etc. Also check this site for possible information:

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

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                      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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                        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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                        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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                        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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                        I just came into a full set of the Do It Yourself encyclopedia PM, Tenth printing 1956. Are they worth anything?

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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 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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                          I have received a full set of the New American encyclopedia volume 1 copyright 1948. Are they worth anything?

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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 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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                            I have a 1948 edition of the World Book encyclopedia by Field Enterprises Educational Corporation. What is the value?

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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 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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                              I have a full set of encyclopaedias entitled "The World Book" by The New Era Publishing Co. and was wondering the value of this collection and the date of publication. Any assisstance would be great fully accepted.

                              Value of The World Book Encyclopedia
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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 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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