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Hi, for everyone asking questions as to the value of Encyclopaedia Britannica sets, the basic guideline is that the 1st up until the 8th Editions have great collector values, defined by condition. The 9th and 10th Editions are so numerous that they are of small value; up to maybe $3-500 in good condition. Anything after the 11th, 12th, 13th (1910-1928) is basically worthless.
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I have an Encyclopaedia Britannica published in 1963. It also has a complementary bible and two year books as added extras. It is in its original bookcase. Is it worth any money or collecting?
By J. Scott
Make sure yours are not the R.S. Peale reprints. If your set is original it's worth something most likely :)
I <might> be interested in purchasing them if the price is right. What is your thinking on price?
I have Britannica encyclopedia volume 1-24, additional volumes of year 1961-1967 all in the original cabinet. How much is it worth?
I have a set from 1948 complete with book of the year also beginning in 1948 all the way through 2011
Thank you, the set just sold for $500.00
I have volume 13 of a set Encyclopedia Britannica, copyright 1948. It is in n perfect condition. What would it be worth?
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.
We have the whole set, 1974 Britannica Encyclopedias 1-23 and Index, which was handed to us. I am wanting to know how much they would be worth.
Encyclopedias that are +100 years old are valuable to collectors as long as they are in good condition. Depending on the year of the book, condition of the cover and pages will determine the price. However, encyclopedia that only date back to 1974 have no value whatsoever.
If you try to donate the books to a school, library, or thrift store, they won't accept them. These institutions receive so many encyclopedias that they normally end up sending them to a paper recycle center. Selling the books online will prove rather expensive when you try to ship them to the buyer.
Your best bet is to put these out at a yard sale and see if anyone would like to buy them from you. If the books are nicely illustrated, a few crafters will take the books to make crafts with them.
It is very hard to get rid of these books because they have no real value to people. All the information is readily available online and people no longer need these types of reference books.
I am trying to determine the value of a full set of 1944 Encyclopedia Britannica.
Great books but the value is low and only a few years/editions are selling for very much money.
You may be able to sell your set for some money but if not, you can try donating to your local library book sales. Sometimes it is even difficult to donate these sets free as they have a hard time selling them also.
How can I tell how old a set of three Britannica encyclopedias are? They're a set of three, volumes 1, 2, and 3.
We found in prime condition some Encyclopedia Britannica, volume 3 1768, publisher William Benton. The only problem is there is not a complete set. These are beautiful books; they look like they have never been used. How much would these books be worth, considering they are not a full set?
By Dianna L.
Hi, please let me know if you still have the Encyclopaedia Britannica 1st Edition volume 3 that you mentioned in your post. You can email me at mrmima AT yahoo.de
Hey Dianna, do you still have the books? mail me at mrmima AT yahoo.de please.
I have the 1952 edition, in very good condition, 28 volumes in all, including the atlas, a two volume dictionary, and book of the year 1952. Does anyone have an idea of its worth or who might be interested in it?
It won't be worth much until it hits a century's age. It'd be best to find someone nearby to buy them, but it probably won't get more than $25 to $30
What is the value of the 11th Ed. Britannica Encyclopedia in 16 volumes? It is in very good condition.
The 11th Edition published in 1910-1911 is popular with collectors but condition and type of cover has a big impact on value.
I have a set of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1969), 23 volumes plus the index. It is in excellent condition.
Research on the year - 1969 - shows some very low prices and some very high asking prices but selling prices are low.
I have a set of 24 1955 Britannica Encyclopedias. I just wonder if they have any value or can I just throw them out?
You do not say the condition of your 1955 Britannica Encyclopedias or the type of binding and those are two factors that help determine value along with age/year/edition and the area/city books are located.
You may want to read what book sellers say about these sets:
What is the value of a 24 volume set with cabinet and world atlas, copyright 1958?
Today any book that isn't over 100 years old is considered old and obsolete. The set of books you have is online and is updated all the time. There the information inside is obsolete and nobody will pay for them. You might be able to find a crafter who is willing to pay $25 for the set to tear them apart for their craft projects.
What's the value of a 1990 set of encyclopedia Britannica?
By Alicia from St. Croix, VI
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 for price possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.
I have 26 volumes of the 1905 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica with supplements. About 10-15 % have binding damage due to shipping. All are wrapped in brown paper.
Are they worth anything?
How much is a set of Britannica Encyclopedias published in 1989 worth? Where can I sell them for a good price?
Old encyclopedias have no value. You will be hard pressed to give them away. Charities and Thrift shops will not take them. No one wants them. If you are lucky, you could advertise them on something like Freecycle, and perhaps you might find someone who wants them for crafts. I have seen people make sculptures or lamps out of them. You will never sell them.
I have a full set (30) of adult Encyclopedia Britannica (great condition). 1973 15th edition. What are they worth, if anything ?
I have a set of 1895 Britannica encyclopedias in rough shape. Are they worth anything? There is no other date in the books.
Where can I obtain a 1797 Encyclopedia Britannica?
I have a set of the New Encyclopedia Britannica, with 15 volumes. It is leather bound. What is the value of the set?