Finding the Value of a Funk and Wagnalls Dictionary?

New York, Funk and Wagnalls company London and Toronto 1895 printed in the United States complete in one volume standard dictionary in fair condition worth/value?



August 8, 20200 found this helpful
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The prices of this dictionary are varying greatly and I have found a set Vol 1 & 2 on eBay that the person is asking over $6000 for this set. When you see prices like this please don't pay a lot of attention to them and feel like you can get this much for the book. The best way to get top dollar for this book is to go to an auction house or an antique bookseller and have it appraised. The condition of the book will determine how much the book is worth. Considering there are some listed on eBay for sale the book is not in high demand and the can lower the price of the book. There are many antique book collectors out there that might be interested in buying this book. I would talk with the auction house first to see if they have sold one recently or if they have ever auctioned one-off. Then speak with an antique bookseller and find out what they think of the book and if they have ever sold one and for how much.

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August 9, 20200 found this helpful
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As a general rule, books cannot be judged by just pictures and since you only show a partial picture of your book it would be difficult to even try to judge if your opinion and my opinion of 'fair condition' are even close.
I'm just stating this as when you're doing research of books particularly, you need several pictures and even then it's difficult and a true collector will not generally purchase a book for a lot of money without having the book in their hands.
You may see books advertised for several hundred/thousands of dollars but if it should ever sell for big money, most likely the buyer has had the book inspected.

Truthfully, looking at how many of these (and also the 2 volume set) are listed all over the Internet, I would say yours may be valued at $25 -$35 (my opinion). Since so many are available, condition will be the major part of the value - edition/age would follow in determining value.
Another thing is that books are one of the slowest selling items and book sellers leave their books listed for months/years as they just list and store.
Small sellers may or may not have good luck with selling as selling is as unpredictable as the weather and when you see a 'sold' book you have no way to know how long that book has been listed for sale.

The following sites are just a few of the typical sites for research of items for sale as the only site that shows 'sold' listings is eBay. (Affiliate Link)

eBay and Etsy also.

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If you want to try and sell your dictionary I would suggest you list it for sale on as many sites available: eBay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, letgo, offerup, etc.

Take several good pictures and write a good description (read what others have written) and start your price higher - maybe $125 - and if no one shows an interest you can lower the price.
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November 5, 2017

I have complete volume of Funk & Wagnalls standard dictionary and is in good condition. How much are they worth?


November 5, 20170 found this helpful
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If they are over 100 years old they are worth something. Take them to book dealers for appraisals. They are not worth much otherwise.

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August 23, 2015

I have a two volume set of the 1941 unabridged dictionary, 2,970 pages, with illustrations. Does anyone know the possible value if any? They are in great condition.


August 23, 20150 found this helpful
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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 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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February 19, 2019

How can I find out the value of a Funk & Wagnalls 1910 desk standard dictionary?


February 19, 20190 found this helpful

Is there a photo?

If this is yours, then the value is $9.99. This is a SOLD price (which is the only way to value items.) Free shipping means the seller netted about $4.00 after fees and postage cost since with "free" shipping, the seller pays to ship to the buyer:

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February 19, 20190 found this helpful

This is over 100 years old, which makes it an antique. I would take it to several antique book dealers and ask for free verbal appraisals.

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This is a beautiful dictionary! I would have it appraised before I sold it for a cheap price. There are also those who are willing to pay more, for an antique like this, locally. I might put an ad up, like on Craigslist, and put a higher price on it. If it doesn't sell, then you can lower the price.

I have seen many prices on ebay for these types of dictionaries and I would never sell this type of an antique for a mere ten dollars.



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November 25, 2018

I have a Funk & Wagnalls dictionary. I think circa early 70s. The cover is on backwards. So to use you have to turn it over. Any value? I really like that it's not right.


November 25, 20180 found this helpful

I would say it is worth nothing. People dont use encyclopedias or dictionaries anymore. They use the Internet. The only way it would be worth something is if it were an antique

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November 25, 20180 found this helpful

That is neat that the covers are wrong and usually that does increase value. I need to do some more research on this.

The perfect sets are all unsold on eBay at various price points for as low 40 dollars. Sold versions would give you the exact market value. The link shows the unsold ones if they match yours you can figure the value will be lower.

I will let you know if I learn more about the wonky ones! Thanks for asking!

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