Value of Encyclopedia Britannica?

I have a full set of these books, all 24. The copyright is 1961. I was wondering if they are worth anything.



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June 22, 20200 found this helpful
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Some later editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica's current value stands at several hundred dollars (some even thousands) but your editions stands somewhere between $100-150 but it may take a long time to sell.
Length of time to sell anything is unpredictable as there is no way to tell when someone is looking for just that item or if they will see it today or 'whenever' so be prepared to wait or reduce the price to see if it will sell faster.
Of course, there is no way to tell if now is a good time to sell sets or if chances to sell will be better in later months.

Yours is the Revised 14th edition (1961) and there are sets listed for sale on many sites - it is easy to find a set in almost new condition. Just remember - asking prices have almost nothing to do with 'current value' as only a sold listing will tell you what someone was will to pay for the same exact item.


Here are some listings on eBay that you might want to place a watch to see when they sell - if they ever sell. You will be able to see the big difference in what sellers are asking for their sets.

You can get some idea of the value when you look at sold listings:
These listings recently sold on eBay ($120 but has to pay shipping costs and eBay and PayPal fees).

This set is for sale: ($145)

If you plan to sell you might want to try listing your set with some local venues like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, offerup, letgo, etc as you can list these as 'local pick up only' and have no shipping problems.


You can also start your price high ($200?) (list on several sites) and lower it if no one shows an interest.
Be sure to post several good pictures or it may not sell.
Good luck...

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June 22, 20200 found this helpful

This offers more money if it is over 100 years old. The 100 year old ones are more collectable than under 100 years. In this current market you can only hope to get $20 to $40 , if you can draw in that collector. Maybe you can get more through a yard sale locally.

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