Value of The Children's Encyclopedia by Arthur Mee

I have the set of Arthur Mee children's encyclopedias volume 1-10 in perfect condition. They were printed, while he was still alive, in Great Britain by The Amalgamated Press, Ltd London. They are all original and in fantastic condition. I would like to know what they are worth.


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December 7, 20150 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 but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them. EBay has Mee sets for $25-$50.00.

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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February 19, 20190 found this helpful

It depends on the binding and date some are rarer than others. The later versions ( after 1940) are only worth £15-£20. You can only date them by the covers. The green cover is rarer as not so many were released and it was in the 1920's.


They first came out in monthly publications in 1910. It also depends on the spelling , they are more valuable if it is spelt 'The Children's Encyclopædia which was originaly in 8 volumes with a brown cover. So you need to research it. The older rarer volumes can go for over £100

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