Value of New Standard Encyclopedia

I have a set of 10 volumes of the New Standard pictorial edition 1945, and a 1945 and 1946 World Progress standard quarterly review. The encyclopedia set is in excellent condition, the reviews are worn.

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November 9, 20170 found this helpful
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The only time an old set of encyclopedias is worth anything is when they are 100+ years old. Unfortunately, nobody is interested in purchases a set of books such as this. Schools, libraries, and donation centers won't accept these books any longer. There are way too many people trying to sell them or give them away.

Your best bet is to list them on Craig's list in your area for around $25 to $35 for the set. Maybe someone is interested in purchasing them to make crafts or other items such as wood for a fireplace. Selling them online would not be profitable because of the cost of shipping these books to the buyer.

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November 8, 20170 found this helpful

If a set is complete and is over 100 years old, it has value. In your case, it is not over 100 years old. I assume it is incomplete as well.

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November 8, 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. Libraries, 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.


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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November 10, 20170 found this helpful

There not worth very much.We have too much technology no one wants them anymore.

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