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Finding the Value of The Encyclopedia 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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August 13, 2017

I have a set of Encyclopedia Americana, the 1948 edition. What is it worth?

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August 13, 20170 found this helpful

Many people try to sell their old Encyclopedias on eBay. Some sit on eBay for months on end. There really isn't a high demand for old encyclopedia. You might be able to asked $50 for the set. However, the cost of boxing these up and sending them in the mail will cost a fortune. Therefore, it is better to find a person in your area that is willing to buy them.

You can also donate these to a school. Libraries have so many I don't they they accept anymore.

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August 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. Libraries, 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.

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You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigs List and other retail sites for

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

Shipping is always a problem with large sets of books - expensive and difficult to pack safely.
You may be better off trying to sell on Craigslist as there would be no shipping involved. You could start your price at $75 dollars and if no takers, adjust it until you decide if they will or will not sell.

It looks like there are some books listed on Amazon but they are listing individual books for $33 and may never sell them. eBay has some sets listed (other years) but these are very, very slow movers and can be listed for months and months and never sell.

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Most thrift stores will not take them and library book sales will not take them as they cannot sell them and just have to dump them. Sometimes home schoolers will buy a set but will not pay very much.

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

Unless it is complete and is over 100 years old, it has little value. You might be better off financially by donating it and taking the tax deduction.

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June 1, 2017

I believe that I have the whole set of Americana encyclopedias, they are in great condition and the year they were made in, is 1829. Are they worth anything?

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June 2, 20170 found this helpful

Encyclopedia sets that date before 1923 may have some value if they are complete and in good condition. You can check on online and on EBay, antique book collectors in your area or online etc.

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Check this site: http://www.book  book-values.html

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June 2, 20170 found this helpful

Anything over 100 years old is an antique, and may be valuable. Take these to several dealers, and see what they say.

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June 4, 20170 found this helpful

If your set is truly a set from 1829 in great condition then you may have a fairly valuable set. Many people ask questions here and later find out they did not read the correct publishing date (that would be the last/latest date listed) but you may be lucky and have a nice set. If it is an 1829 set then you probably will not find a set for sale on auction sites.
There are some book sites that will give you an estimated value but they usually charge a fee and you would need good photos.

Here is a link you might find interesting.

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March 1, 2017

I have a complete set of The Encyclopedia Americana purchased in 1962 and also "Lands and People" Volume 1 - Volume 7, annuals from 1963-1979, Science Annual 1979, Bicentennial Almanac 1776-1976, and the Americana Dictionary. They are all in excellent condition; some have never been opened.

We also have Grolier Encyclopedia year books from 1977-1983.

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March 2, 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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March 2, 20170 found this helpful

Your encyclopedias may sell if you list them on Craigslist but probably for a low payment. These do occasionally sell on eBay but may take a very long time to do so. They are also very difficult to ship.
Here is a link that shows what some sets recently sold for on eBay:

http://www.ebay  d=p2045573.m1684

Your Lands and People may be more valuable so you should try these on Craigslist also. here is what some sets recently sold for on eBay:

http://www.ebay  d=p2045573.m1684

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March 2, 20170 found this helpful

I think you would be better off financially donating them and taking the tax deduction. The information is outdated, and people use the internet now, not encyclopedias.

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June 20, 2017

I have a set of 10 old books titled "The Americana" - A Universal Reference Library. Copyright is 1904-1906. They are not in perfect condition. How much are they worth?

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June 20, 20170 found this helpful

These are over 100 years old, and considered antiques. Condition and a complete set will command a higher price. Take them to several book dealers to get appraisals.

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June 21, 20170 found this helpful

Although old these sets are not very sought after. You will find some similar (year, condition, material) but there have been no sales of a set on eBay or Amazon in the past 6 months (maybe even years). Many sellers list books like this and just keep relisting over and over (weeks, months, years - really!) in hopes someone will decide to buy. Some ask outrageous prices hoping someone will pay the price (a little deceiving as the asking price sometimes will make a person think they are more valuable than they may be) but then, once in a great while, someone will buy a set.
Be sure you are looking at the printing date and not just the copyright date as that is how books are listed.
Here are a couple of links showing what is listed on eBay and Amazon but - remember - these are not selling prices. (If you are a regular seller on these sites most of the listings will not cost the seller so they have nothing to lose by reposting. They only pay if something sells.)
Also, something like this is costly to ship (usually adds to the price the buyer pays) and definitely not easy to pack and ship.

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March 1, 2017

I have a set of Encyclopedia Americana plus the year books from 1975 to 1984. I am wanting to know if they are worth anything. All are in excellent condition.

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March 2, 20171 found this helpful

Some of these sets can still sell but they are very slow movers and sellers usually have to relist these for months/years.
These sets are also very difficult to ship so you may want to start with a listing on Craigslist and maybe you will be lucky and find a buyer.
eBay is a good place to try and determine the value of sets like this. Here is what is currently listed on eBay:

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Here is link to what recently sold on eBay:

http://www.ebay  d=p2045573.m1684

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March 3, 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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August 16, 2016

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 11, 2015

I have a complete set of the Encyclopedia Americana; published in 1914. Is it worth anything?

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August 11, 20150 found this helpful

It is possible that you may have a set that is worth keeping or selling. Encyclopedias after 1923 are worthless. You can research online for book collectors, check EBay and Craig's List for prices. The site below is a good place to start:

http://www.book  book-values.html

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August 15, 20150 found this helpful

Value is based on how many complete sets are still around and condition. Probably little to no value. I used to work for an historical library and we got calls about these and old bibles all the time.

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January 2, 20120 found this helpful

I have a complete 30 volume set of the Encyclopedia Americana, 1954 copyright. It is in very good condition. Are they worth any money?

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January 4, 20120 found this helpful

Probably not. No one wants them. You can't give them to charities. You may find someone who wants them for some sort of craft project, that you can give them to. They are not worth anything.

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January 5, 20120 found this helpful

Someone that is interested in that year for personal reasons, ie.....born that year....might be interested put on Craigslist for 50.00 or BO see what happens.

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July 13, 2015

I have the complete set in very nice condition. I cannot find any information as to their value.
Thank you for any help you may offer!

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July 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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January 2, 20150 found this helpful

What is the value of a set of Encyclopedia Americana along with the several annuals from the 1980s? They are in excellent used condition.

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January 2, 20150 found this helpful

Seems almost everyone has old books they think are important 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 so old books are just that-old.

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June 18, 20140 found this helpful

I have a set of the Encyclopedia Americana, volumes 1 - 30. I don't want these books and am wondering where to sell them.

By Leah B.

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June 20, 20140 found this helpful

My husband is an auctioneer, and sadly, these books usually bring only a couple dollars. You can access many encyclopedias online, that are updated daily, so the older ones don't carry much value. Perhaps in another 100 years they may.

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February 25, 20150 found this helpful

How can I find the value of a set of the Encyclopedia Americana in 32 volumes, copyright 1957?

By Renae H

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October 1, 20140 found this helpful

What is the value on encyclopedia Americana 1984 -1986 editions?

By boston

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September 29, 20140 found this helpful

I have a set of old encyclopedia Americana volumes 1 to 30. The first issue was published in 1964 by Americana Corporation.

By Nicholas

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July 24, 2014

I have a set of 1986 Encyclopedia Americana, published by Grolier Incorporated and would like to know if they're worth selling. If so, where can I sell them?

By Ruth from Queen Creek, AZ

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May 16, 20140 found this helpful

I have a complete set of 1905 Encyclopedia Americana. What would their value be?

By Tool Man from Midland, Ontario

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January 23, 20140 found this helpful

I have a set of Encyclopedia Americana, International Edition, 30 volumes, 1st published 1829, copyright 1965. They are in mint condition. Can you tell me an approximate worth?

By Doris

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January 2, 20140 found this helpful

I have a complete collection of 1936 Americana, volumes 1-30. I want to know if they are worth anything.

By Keith

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October 29, 20130 found this helpful

I own the 1973 - 30 volume set of Encyclopedia Americana and annual year books 1973-1993. How much are these worth? Where could I sell them?

By Jake

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July 13, 20130 found this helpful

I have a complete set, 30 volumes, of the Encyclopedia Americana, from 1937, Universal Knowledge. By Americana Corporation 1937, W.B. McConkey Company, printed in U.S.A.
Does anyone know the value of the set? Thank you

By jac

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June 26, 20130 found this helpful

I have a complete set, in excellent condition, of The Encyclopedia Americana, 1959 Edition. Can you tell me it's value and where I would look to sell them? Thank you!

By K Jones

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April 16, 20130 found this helpful

How much would this whole set of the 1955 edition of the Encyclopedia Americana be worth? It is in very good condition, smoke free home for 11 years.

By Ginnie O

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April 14, 2013

Could anyone tell me what this set is worth?

I have a complete set of 30 volumes and in very nice condition of 'The Encyclopedia Americana' 1951 edition. These are all hardbound; complete from A to Z.
The editors are: A.H. McDonald, B.L. Editor in Chief (Emeritus)
LAVINIA P. DUDLEY, Litt. D., Executive Editor of Americana Publications
ROBERT C. WALLACE, Ph.D., D.S. c., L.L.D., Editor for Cananda

By Molly A.

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February 25, 2013

I have a complete set of encyclopedia Americana, 1951 edition, volumes 1-15. These books appear never to have been used. They are in the original wooden shipping box, marked, Encyclopedia Americana, Informing a Nation. The original shipping label is on the box. Are these valuable?

By ibewjimmy

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January 30, 20130 found this helpful

I have the 30 volume set of the 1923 Encyclopedia Americana. What would the value be for this set? All books are in near mint condition.

By Jay B

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