Value of a Webster's 1934 Dictionary

I have a 1934 Abbot's Selected Webster's Dictionary of the English Language. The cover is messed up, but how much do you think it would be worth?

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February 26, 20180 found this helpful
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As of today the books aren't worth too much at all. Today they consider books 100+ years old have value. As for yours, they are still not old enough to be worth much. You have two choices. Box them up and keep them around for a few more years or you can try selling them off. You won't get that much for them if you try to sell them now.

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February 24, 20180 found this helpful

Unless first editions or over 100 years old, these books have little to no value.

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February 24, 20180 found this helpful

Most older books are purchased by collectors and the condition and appearance are their major concerns.

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  • You say the cover is messed up which means it would not be of any use to a collector and that reduces the value to almost zero.
  • Some of these dictionaries sell occasionally and if in good condition can sell for $30-$60.
  • Almost all reference books are very slow sellers and some remain up for sale for many, many months (or even years) and most never sell for very much money.
  • There are always exceptions and the "right" person just happens to see a book they like (for whatever reason?) and may pay the asking price.
  • Here is a link to similar dictionaries currently listed on eBay which shows seller's ASKING price which does not reflect any actual selling price.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2053587...
  • You might try listing your book on your local Craigslist with a price of $10-$15 and see if anyone is interested.

The Internet is so easy to use and having spell-check makes hard cover dictionaries obsolete except for collectors and an occasional seeker.

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