Value of 1968 Leather Bound Encyclopedia Brittanica?

I have the full anniversary leather bound set from 1968 in perfect turquoise leather. How would I go about selling it?


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August 19, 20190 found this helpful

Unfortunatelly these books are not valueable and are not worth much at all. The only time a collector will purchase such books is when they are over 100 years old. You can not even donate these books to a school or even a library because they have too many of them. The best best is to find a person who does crafts and try to sell them the set of books or keep them around for another 40 years and then try to sell them. All the infomation in the books is outdated and can now be found online.

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August 19, 20190 found this helpful

Selling in an auction is your best bet!

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August 19, 20190 found this helpful

Donate the books and take the tax deduction. Unless they are antique or first editions, there is little demand

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August 19, 20190 found this helpful

Actually, your set should be worth several hundred dollars.
You have the 14th Edition - 200th Anniversary set and it sells rather well compared to some of the other editions.


Plus - you have the leather bound which is always higher valued - not too sure about the turquoise color as that could be a plus or minus in the value field.

Here are some listings of this set - asking prices do not reflect current value as asking prices are just what a seller would like to receive for their books and only a sold listing will represent current value - the price someone is willing to pay. Listings are good for research as you can obtain information that may help you to write a good description when you list your books. (Affiliate Link)

eBay is a good place to research as they have a larger selection and you can place a watch on any item to see if it sells.
But - as I mentioned, your set is unusual and you may not find an exact match but still good for review.


Here is a link to eBay books that have sold over the past several months.
This can be checked at any time to see if other sets have sold. These are good because it shows that someone actually bought these books. What it does not show is how long the sets were listed for sale before they sold.

Here are links to the sets that sold but these links will not be available as eBay will remove them soon.
Three sets have been sold recently:
Prices: $175 - $210 - $225

Here is a set that is listed as sold but, in fact, it did not sell and has been relisted.

How should you sell your set?
You can research some of these listings and write your own description but the more information stated the better the chance for a sale.


Take several very good pictures of the complete set as well as some of individual volumes. Pictures are very important.
Be sure you use 1968 and 14th Edition and 200th Anniversary set in your listings.

You can list on eBay, Craigslist, LetGo, OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, and any other site you wish. You can list on several sites at the same time. Just remove the listing from sites when they sell.

Shipping can be tricky so its best to get a good idea of the true weight - probably 2 or 3 boxes would be best. These should go by USPS Media Mail.
You can offer pick up only on most sites.

Starting price?
I would start the price at $600 - $1,000 and just lower the prices if no one shows an interest. Be bold and it might pay off.

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August 22, 20190 found this helpful

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Amazon thinks they are valued starting at 49.99.


If you are an experienced seller, you can list them yourself on Amazon or eBay. Sadly, they will sit for a long time until the right buyer comes along.

You can try to advertise them on local sites (better with no shipping since these are super duper heavy) and see if you get any nibbles.

If you have artist communities in your town, see if they have Facebook or other sites that allow people to sell to them, as I have found artists who do paper crafts are the ones who are buying encyclopedias these days. They use them to make collages and junk journals or some assemblage artists turn them into lamps or tables.

Post back with an update! Hope you find a buyer soon!

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

I know some of these sets may be selling at lower prices but they seem to have a very unusual set and I still believe it could be worth several hundred dollars - maybe not overnight but in a short time.


I think you may have mistaken 'The Annals of America' for the Encyclopedia set by mistake although some complete sets of the The Annals of America have sold for several hundred dollars.

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