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Value of Encyclopedia Britannica

I have a 1957 or 1959, 24 volume Encyclopedia Britannica set along with 5 world books for the years of 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, and 1965. I am questioning their approximate worth or value.

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September 11, 20170 found this helpful

Encyclopedias have very little value. You would be better off financially donating it and taking the tax deduction.

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September 11, 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.

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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 11, 20170 found this helpful

I think you'd get more out of giving them to someone who repurposes them.

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September 12, 20170 found this helpful

They are not worth much. We have too much technology to be lugging around all those books.

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