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Value of Encyclopedia Britannica 1768

I have a set of Encyclopedia Britannica 1768 that is in its own little bookcase. How much is it worth? On the top of the bookcase is a much larger book that fits into its own notch.

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January 5, 20170 found this helpful

First - the value of most encyclopedias (even nice sets w/bookcase) is very low. Of course, there are exceptions but these are rare books or sets.


The real publishing date, condition of books as well as the cover material determines the final value as well.

Are you sure you are looking at the date correctly?
The last date mentioned is the actual date of publication - the first date is the date of the original printing and is very rare.
I do not believe you would find a 1768 set with that many books and probably not in new looking condition.

eBay is the best place to find good information on most anything you wish see what has true value.

Here is a link that has some similar to your set:

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January 5, 20170 found this helpful

If you have an actual 1768 set, it may be valuable and you can get a value estimate at an auction house. However, the 1768 set was reprinted in 1971 and was designed to look as the authentic original, stains and all. If you have the 1971 print, it is worthless.

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January 5, 20170 found this helpful

I would go to a bookseller and get a professional opinion on this. You might be sitting on a goldmine.

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January 6, 20170 found this helpful

My husband auctions part time. sadly, most books are not worth much, and often get thrown away at the end of auctions due to no one bidding on them, or if they get added into another lot, the purchaser throws them away rather than haul them home.

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January 9, 20170 found this helpful

You may find that the large book in the back is more valuable. It has amazing Mylar like pages showing parts of the human body. As I remember, it was more of a reference book that did not get outdated as the regular volumes. It makes a really interesting coffee table book.

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