Value of a 1921 Home and School Dictionary

What is value of 1921 Home and School Dictionary in good condition?

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May 21, 20191 found this helpful

On eBay they are asking $50 or less

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May 22, 20191 found this helpful

Dictionaries are generally low in value as they are just not something most people wish to spend money on.
Unbeknownst to many people books like this are sold more often to interior decorators and they are just looking for cheap old books to fill up a shelf.

eBay sold items does not list any sales over the past 6-12 months and eBay is a large book selling site. Amazon does not show any recent sales.
Current value can only be placed on sold items (either exact same item or something very similar) so we basically have nothing to base a value on.


There is a similar book (1923 edition) presently listed on eBay and the seller is asking $25 plus $5 shipping. This book looks to be in better condition but difficult to tell for sure.
There is no way to tell how long this book has been listed for sale as the seller is a book dealer and they keep their books listed for months (even years) and they may or may not sell.
An asking price does not represent value as value can only be determined by how much someone actually pays for the item.
You can place a watch on this item to see if it sells anytime in the future.

You may want to list your book on Craigslist as it is usually free and someone in your area may be looking for an item like this.

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May 23, 20190 found this helpful

Cool piece! I have not found any examples on any of my source sites to get you today's market value. The only true way to value a piece is to find an exact match that has sold. Value today is only what people will pay for an item.


I can tell you as a dictionary, most have very little $$$ value and sit on eBay and Etsy unsold at very low prices.

As art, some have some value--but it is not monetary as much as it is for harvesting the pages and pictures.

What I mean by that is I was recently introduced to the art and craft of Junk Journaling and artists use things like old dictionary, encyclopedia, cookbooks and such as part of their pages of their Junk, Smash, or Inspiration/Art journals.

This is so much fun and takes things that would often go into a landfill and makes them beautiful. They tear out pages, and either use the page as a whole, or do something called a fussy cut, where they carefully clip out line art or pictures, and glue them into pages of the journal for emphasis and art purposes.


So my recommendation for you is first take it to a second hand bookstore and see if they will offer you anything for it. Most won't and if you befriend the seller, they can often give you value if it would sell online so you would know how to price it.

If they tell you it has no value, my next suggestion would be if you have a place that sells craft items--like we have a non profit here called Center for Creative Reuse. Often these places (or other artist colony type places) will take it as a donation to use in art pieces.

Thanks for sharing!! Post back what you decide to do with it! Blessings!

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