Value of a 1949 Webster's Dictionary Set?

What is the value of a 1949 Websters Dictionary set in great condition?
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May 19, 20181 found this helpful
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to illustrate the perils of assuming things without taking the effort to actually look them up (time-saving though such measures might be), on ebay I saw everything ranging from $40 to $88 www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675...

it does look to be in very good condition.

of course the caveat is "are people actually BUYING these things?" That's a different question, and the answer most like is, no. These sort of commodities move very slowly.

So from a pure appraisal value the book is probalby worth at least $50. From a utilitarian standpoint (as in, can i convert it to cash straightaway) the answer is probably no, not much value there

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January 29, 20200 found this helpful

What is the value of Webster's Twentieth Century dictionary of the English language with a comprehensive a dim sum of northwards complied by Joseph Devlin Ma and many supplementary vocabularies and articles several thousand illustration latest census figures atlas of the world being the unabridged dictionary by Noah Webster LL. Edison under the name supervision of Thomas H Russell lld prepared for publication by George W old g i l v i e Publishers guide, Inc New York New York made in USA 1939

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May 18, 20180 found this helpful

Its probably not worth much since it is not over 100 years old.

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May 19, 20180 found this helpful

Dictionaries are mostly for collectors and since there are so many publishing/years available no one copy is very rare and usually only a "rare" edition rates high in value.

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  • You may find listings on eBay, Amazon or Abe's books with high asking prices but when looking at the prices actually paid and how many sold it is not a pretty picture.
  • This does not mean your book would not sell, or that it could not be sold at a high price, but it does mean the chances for that happening are slim.
  • Book sellers on these sites usually list books by the hundreds/thousands and most of the time the listings remain active for months and months (years really) just waiting for that one chance that it will sell for their asking price.
  • If you are wanting to sell your dictionary set (?), I would suggest you list it on your local Craigslist and set your price as high as you like and if no one shows an interest, you can reduce the price until it sells.
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  • Craigslist is easy to use and usually free for individuals.
  • Here is a link so you can review books actually sold on eBay over the past several months.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=+1949+Webster...
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May 30, 20180 found this helpful

You don't mention how many are in the set.

There was a three piece that actually sold on Ebay for 29.99 + shipping

www.ebay.com/.../112893144063?hash=item1a48f4abff...

There is one large version that sold for 40.00 plus shipping.

www.ebay.com/.../263503337213?hash=item3d5a05d6fd...

There is another school of thought on selling these that is taking them apart and framing and selling the pages that have neat illustrations. Some may consider it sacrilegious, but I have seen some neat pages framed that sell.

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I wish I knew this vendor on Etsy, I don't, but he/she is selling them around $10 a piece. Consider how many cool illustrations there are...you could make a hundred if you did this with just 10 of them!

www.etsy.com/.../VintageDictionaryArt

I am always looking for new ways to re-purpose the common, which is why I suggest it. This is the danger of learning about Pinterest...there are zillions of cool suggestions out there!

Good luck!

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