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Value of Book of Knowledge Set (1912)?

Long ago, I acquired a set of the Book of Knowledge published in 1912. They are not in good shape, but the contents and beautiful illustrations are very interesting and may be of interest to someone. Since I am retiring and leaving my classroom of 49 years, I cannot keep them (a small house). And I can't find it in myself to throw them away. Question: Have they any value to someone?

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January 23, 20231 found this helpful

It is usually difficult to sell a set of older encyclopedias unless you happen to have a rare set. Most people are listing individual volumes for $9-$15 each, but it could take months/years to sell a complete set.
Thrift stores will not accept them because they are hard to sell and take up too much room for the value.

If you have extra time for this project, I would suggest calling several daycare centers to see if they would be interested. They may not pay for them, but at least the books would not be placed in the trash.

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Very few single copies have sold on eBay over the past several months compared to the number listed for sale which shows that sales are slow.
www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=Book+of+Knowledge...

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January 24, 20230 found this helpful

Thank you for this input.

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January 24, 20230 found this helpful

You're welcome.
I really dislike throwing away books like this, but sadly,
people rarely read anymore, and research is easy for everyone.

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I guess there is good and bad in all of this.

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January 25, 20230 found this helpful

Sadly, you are probably right. Yet, knowledge of 1912 was different in so many fields, and the illustrations are pretty remarkable.

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January 26, 20230 found this helpful

You're right about the beautiful illustrations. My daughter picks up every book like this that can she find as she loves to make collages and gives them away. They are beautiful and tell a story or just provide some 'peace' in someplace in a person's life.

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There are many things that can be done but people are just too busy to be creative and use books like this.

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