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Finding the Value of Old Encyclopedia Sets

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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.

By Carol from Beverly, MA

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September 10, 2016 Flag
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I have encyclopedias from the 1800s. I am wondering what they are worth.

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September 10, 20160 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-collecting-tips.com/old-book-values.html

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September 14, 20160 found this helpful

Encyclopedia Americana printed 1832

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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?

Thanks

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August 30, 20160 found this helpful

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

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September 11, 20160 found this helpful

Have a complete set of 1960 Encyclopedia Americana and yearly updates to and including 1966. Is there a market for them and if so can you suggest a contact. Thank you

Virginia

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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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August 29, 20160 found this helpful

I have a set I would love to sell. Like new. If interested contact me at email below.

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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 17, 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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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?
Thanks.

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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 31, 20160 found this helpful

Copyright. 1943, Encyclopedia Americana, 30 book set. What are they worth?

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August 29, 2016 Flag
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I have a complete set of 1975 Funk and Wagnalls encyclopedias. I was wondering if they are worth anything and how much.

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August 31, 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 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, 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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August 29, 2016 Flag
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I would like to know the value of a Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedia set. It has volumes 1 -29. I cannot find a date of print on them, but I would think around the 1960s.

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August 29, 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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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.

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