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Value of a 1912 New Websterian Dictionary?

What is the value of a 1912 New Websterian Dictionary? It has a black leather cover.

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August 19, 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.

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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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August 19, 20170 found this helpful

This is more than 100 years old. It is considered an antique. I would take it to several book dealers for appraisals.

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August 19, 20170 found this helpful

Dictionaries and encyclopedias, even old ones are usually not very valuable and are even difficult to give away, but your dictionary may be worth $30 - $80 or if it is in excellent condition it might actually sell for more. The biggest problem with books (of any kind) is they may be worth a certain amount but finding someone who wants the book may be very difficult and may takes months and months of listing on any auction site. Sellers list books for even years on eBay, Amazon and other sites and never sell them.

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What I am saying is that although your dictionary may be worth this amount of money you may never be able to sell it even for $10-15 dollars.
Just remember when you see a similar dictionary listed on eBay or (?) the asking price is just that - an asking price and may never be sold even if they lower the price.

Your dictionary, if in excellent condition, may actually sell because it has a large number of illustrations. Since this an older book it is now available as a free download so that does not help the value either.
Here is a book site that has a couple of these for sale (8/2017).

www.abebooks.com/.../

babel.hathitrust.org/.../pt?id=hvd.hn3lp7;view=1up;seq=48

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August 19, 20170 found this helpful

The older dictionaries sell for 50 to 100 dollars depending on the condition of your dictionary. A few dictionaries are listed on eBay. I see a 1860 Websterian dictionary currently selling for $37.25 or best offer.

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Many people think older book have value and are curious about their value. However, this isn't true. There are a lot of people who end up sending these books to a recycler. You can try and find an antique book buyer in your area and see if he is willing to purchase this book from you.

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August 31, 20170 found this helpful

It really is not worth anything.We have so much information at our finger tips with computers and all the technology today.

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