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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 page about finding the value of the Encyclopedia Americana.
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December 13, 2017

How much (in 1965 dollars) did a new (1965) edition of the Encyclopedia Americana cost?


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December 13, 20171 found this helpful
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My parents spent over $700 for theirs

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December 14, 20170 found this helpful
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My aunt paid 500 for hers

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It was a thousand dollars for a set.You could make payments.

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July 24, 2019

What is the value of an Encyclopedia Americana 1964 Limited Edition/New York World's Fair? The set is complete, with 30 volumes in excellent condition. I can't seem to find anything on the internet about this.

Thanks for any answers in advance. Have a great day.

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October 15, 2020

I have a full set of 1970 Encyclopedia Americana and wanted to know if it's worth anything?


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A full set consists of 30 volumes.
You do not mention condition of your set but that will be a big part of the determining factor when looking for value.

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I did not find a set of 1970 edition listed for sale but there are several other editions listed and these are probably very close in information as they stated very little was updated/changed during the 68-72 period.
Here are the listings on eBay so you can place a watch on any set to see if it sells. Books are usually very slow sellers and many are listed for months/years before (or if) they sell. Sometimes sets sell faster if condition is good and price is in line.
Please remember that asking prices are just a price a seller would like to receive for their item but only a sold 'identical' item will show the current value as it shows what someone was willing to pay for that item.
www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2499334...

Two sets of 1970 edition have recently sold on eBay but I do not know condition of your set but you can check them out.

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First set sold for $100.00 and second set sold for $149.95.

www.ebay.com/.../224017084023?hash=item3428756e77...
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You could try listing your set on sites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, offerup, letgo, etc and even offer free local pick up.
Start your price higher - $150-200 (if condition is very good) and best offer considered. Leave it listed for several weeks and lower the price if no one makes an offer.
Shipping should be by Media Mail and several boxes.

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December 16, 2017

How do I find the value of my 1959 Americana encyclopedias collection?


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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.

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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 20, 2019

I have the 1829 to 1954 the Encyclopedias Americana. It is a set of 30 in great shape. Copyright 1924 1922 1920 1918.


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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.

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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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October 24, 2018

I have a set of 1955 Encyclopedia Americana books. All 30 books are in excellent condition.

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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.

Check this site: www.book-collecting-tips.com/old-book-values.html

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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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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:

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=encyclopedia...

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:

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=Lands%20and...

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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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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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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:

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_odkw=Encyclopedia+Americana...

Here is link to what recently sold on eBay:

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=encyclopedia...

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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 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:

www.book-collecting-tips.com/old-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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