Value of a Living Webster 1967 Dictionary

I came across this big thick dictionary that I planned on hollowing out and making it into a hidden storage thing... just for funzies. I opened it up and in the letter S section, about 20 pages were put in upside down! The cover is not in good shape. Is this worth looking into, or should I use it for my crafty idea?

I don't want to destroy something someone would find collectible or of value. :)

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April 9, 20201 found this helpful

To tell you the truth most of these books like this are selling for under $10 online. If you do crafts then I would suggest to use this for your crafts. The book is not in that best of conditions and the information in the book is outdated and can be found online. Most people would rather look up the information online these days than search through a book. I don't think this is worth your time to sell this book.

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April 9, 20200 found this helpful

i didn't think it had any value at all, but noticing the pages were "misprinted" made me think twice

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April 9, 20200 found this helpful

Sense your book is not worth much, maybe you could donate. If not donate, advertise to a collector to sell, or maybe a yard sell!

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April 9, 20200 found this helpful

As a general rule the 'mistake' you mention only makes an already collectible book more valuable.


Seems like you had a good idea with turning it into something usable.
Have fun and enjoy completing your project.

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April 10, 20200 found this helpful

There are several examples of this dictionary that have SOLD on eBay with prices hovering around 12.99 with SELLER paid shipping, so the seller would net about 5-7 dollars. These were fairly recent, so that is today's current market value--sold equals what someone pays which equals value today.

None mention misprinted pages, but some sellers are just flippers and probably never even opened the book to look.

That all said, misprints like you describe will only increase value of an item that is already rare or highly desired in the first place.

Sadly 98% of dictionaries (including this one) are not rare or valuable dictionaries to start with, so you can feel no guilt if you have fun with it!!


If you turn it into a crafty item, you may actually be able to sell it for MORE than it would be as a whole!

Post back with your crafty project!!

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