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Finding the Value of Compton's Encyclopedias

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Old printed reference books can be difficult to determine their worth. This guide is about finding the value of Compton's encyclopedias.
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February 22, 20151 found this helpful

I have a partial set of 1944 Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia. It is missing volume 12 of 15. What are they worth?

By R Sheriff

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February 22, 20150 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 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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July 27, 20150 found this helpful

Are you still searching for number 12 from the 1944 edition? If so, if I just got it tonight.

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July 28, 2017

I would like to know the value of complete set (26) in excellent condition.

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July 29, 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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July 29, 20170 found this helpful

Unfortunately, these sets are not very valuable and if sold on-line (eBay) they are very difficult to pack and ship and shipping is expensive. Occasionally you will see where a new seller (eBay is used most often) will be asking several hundred dollars for a set because they have not done any research and have the mistaken idea that sets are worth a lot of money. In fact, many sellers will have books listed for months and months and even years and may never sell them.
If you are looking to sell your set, I would recommend listing them on your local auction site (Craigslist & your zip) as someone can see the set and no shipping involved which reduces the price considerably. Maybe start your price at $100.00 and reduce it if no one calls.

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July 29, 20170 found this helpful

Encyclopedias, unless antique, have very little value.

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July 16, 2017

I have a set of 1922 copyright Compton's Pictured Encyclopedias. It includes a half price certificate for ordering updated books. I have all 12 volumes. It is worth anything?

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July 17, 20170 found this helpful

I think it is worth something because it is almost 100 years old and is complete. Go to some dealers who specialize in old books and get estimates.

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August 4, 20170 found this helpful

As said previously these are old and complete set You could be looking at a good amount on these. I would call an antique store in your area and get some numbers and/or names of old and rare book buyers. Antiques aren't as popular as they were about fifteen years ago in my area. What this means is that you may have to do some googling and calling before you find someone interested.

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January 3, 2016

What is value of a 15 volume set of 1946 Compton Pictured Encyclopedia, in excellent condition?

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January 3, 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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September 25, 20160 found this helpful

$10 at flea market

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January 4, 20150 found this helpful

I am interested in pricing information for a complete 15 volume set of Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia 1955?

By Kristy

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January 4, 20150 found this helpful

$50 in good condition.

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January 4, 20150 found this helpful

Seems almost everyone has old books and want to sell. Most old dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. You can check online for old book collectors, on Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly.

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October 8, 2015

How much is my Compton's Encyclopedia 1989, 26 Vol. set worth? And if I want to sell them where can I go to do this?

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October 8, 20150 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 13, 20150 found this helpful

How much is the Compton's pictured encyclopedia set from 1931 worth?

By Wendy

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April 13, 20150 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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November 29, 20140 found this helpful

I have a set of Compton encyclopedias from 1991. Are they worth anything?

By mscolas

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October 28, 20140 found this helpful

I have the 1947 Compton Picture Encyclopedia, full set in pristine condition. What is the value? Note: includes index book.

By Paula D

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October 15, 20140 found this helpful

I have a set of ten 1929 F.E. Compton's Encyclopedias. I would like to find out about the value of them.

By Brenda

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August 27, 20140 found this helpful

I have a complete set of Compton's Pictured Encyclopedias 1937 edition. Can you tell me if it has any value? They are in excellent shape.

By Bob

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June 14, 20140 found this helpful

It's in excellent condition and has 26 books, do I even have the whole set?

By C. Viera from Coamo, PR

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April 13, 20140 found this helpful

What is the value for volumes in "pristine" condition? It is missing I, J, K, and L, but otherwise I have the balance of the set.

By Roxanne C.

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March 8, 20140 found this helpful

I have 15 books in black binders. Value?

By Jean K from Bedford, TX

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September 7, 20130 found this helpful

Any idea of the value of Compton's pictured encyclopedia? I have a set of ten in great shape, copyright 1922, 1923, 1924.

By AS

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August 21, 20130 found this helpful

I have the whole set in pristine condition. Any idea of its worth? It is a 15 book set. The binding is black with a beautiful raised design.

By Lee

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August 4, 20130 found this helpful

I have a full set, in very good condition. I also have year books ending in 1999. Some of the year books are still wrapped in plastic.
Are they worth anything?

By Cmace

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July 28, 20130 found this helpful

I have a mint condition, 15 volume set of the 1936 edition of Compton's Pictured Encyclopedias. Any idea as to the value, if any, of this set of encyclopedias?

By Edward R.

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July 24, 2013

What is the value of the 1972 golden anniversary edition of Compton Encyclopedia and fact-index? I have all 22 volumes and all books are in great shape.

By John

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July 21, 20130 found this helpful

What is the value of a 1954 edition of Compton's pictured encyclopedia?

By Penny K.

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May 24, 20130 found this helpful

I have a full set of Compton's Pictured Encyclopedias and Fact Index, the 1947 edition. They are in great condition and I have volumes 1 through 15, the full set. I would love to hear some input about these books. If someone knows the value or if I should at least check on the value of them. Thank you so much.

By Christina J

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September 23, 20120 found this helpful

I am wondering about the value of set of Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia with Index from 1922. (I understand that was the first year the Index was published.)

By Susan F.

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May 17, 2012

I have a complete Compton's pictured encyclopedia, 1940 edition. It is in good condition. What is an estimated value for this set?

By Mick

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