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Value of a 1938 Set of World Book Encyclopedias

I am trying to find out the value of a complete set of the 1938 World Book Encyclopedia.


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June 30, 20170 found this helpful

They are not antiques. In addition, encyclopedias aren't worth much.

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July 1, 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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July 1, 20170 found this helpful

Sad but most encyclopedias are not very valuable but they do still sell sometimes. Sellers on eBay and Etsy still list sets but they may have to keep them posted for weeks, months or even years and may not ever sell them. Most sellers list them as "pick up only" because they are very difficult to ship and also the cost of shipping only adds to the price a buyer has to pay and adds nothing for the seller. If you are interested in selling then I would recommend listing on Craigslist or any other local sale site.


Are you sure your set is actually from 1938? Many people get confused over the dates shown in the front of the volumes. Here is a photo of a set that sold a while back that is authentic 1938 so take a look and see if your set looks like this. If your set is 1938 then you may be able to sell it for $50 - 100 dollars but it may take a long time to sell.

https://www.ets … 8-the-world-book

Here are some sets that recently sold on eBay for different years but it may give you some ideas about selling.

https://www.eba … d=p2045573.m1684

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