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Value of a Webster's Encyclopedic Dictionary 1891

Old dictionaries are often not worth much because so many were printed. However, if your dictionary is a rare printing it may have some value to a collector. This is a guide about value of a Webster's encyclopedic dictionary 1891.
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July 6, 20120 found this helpful

What is the value of Webster's Encyclopedic Dictionary, Enlarged and Revised to 1891 by Rt. Rev. Samuel Fallows DD? It is a huge volume at 5 inches thick and 2083 pages. The outside cover is taped together, but the inside still intact. The pages are also in good condition, not showing any moisture or insect damage. It is very readable. In front are color illustrated flags, seals, and signals. Also in front is a picture of Webster and a memoir of Webster and history of lexicography and list of dictionaries. In the back there are pictorial illustrations and plates, pronunciation of modern geographical names, and population of US cities, over 8000 population, according to 1890 census. The back cover has a recipe for poultry and game under the fabric.

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July 7, 20120 found this helpful
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Dictionaries were put out in large quantities, so, like Bibles - they often do not have great value - & this is damaged. However, as an unabridged dictionary, it might have some value as a reference & even as a collectible - but don't get your hopes up!

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March 28, 20150 found this helpful

I have an original Webster's encyclopedia dictionary 1891. It is in good condition, not mint. Could you give me approximate value?

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December 3, 20170 found this helpful

This book has a value, but it is really hard to determine it. I can give you an idea about eBay, but this wouldn't be a fair price for this book. Considering this book is 100+ years old it is best to go to an auction house and have it examined by an expert.

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There you can find out the true value of your book. I am guessing from other books sold or listed in this year you are looking at $150 for it. I know this is a low price and not a fair price for this book.

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December 3, 20170 found this helpful

It really depends on the market at the time. Take the dictionary to a couple of book dealers and get some estimates. They should not charge you for this.

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May 20, 20180 found this helpful

What is the estimated value of a 1970's webster dictionary

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April 6, 2018

I have a copy of Webster's International Dictionary published in 1891. The word International is misspelled (INTETERNATIONAL) on the binding. What is it worth?

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April 6, 20180 found this helpful

This is over 100 years old, so it is an antique. Go to a few book dealers for their opinion.

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October 23, 20140 found this helpful

What is the value of Webster's Encyclopedic Dictionary, enlarged and revised to 1891 by Rt. Rev. Samuel Fallows DD? It is a huge volume at 5 inches thick and 2083 pages. The outside cover is taped together, but the inside is still intact. The pages are also in good condition, not showing any moisture or insect damage. It is very readable. In front are color illustrated flags, seals, and signals.

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Also in front is a picture of Webster and a memoir of Webster and history of lexicography and list of dictionaries. In the back there are pictorial illustrations and plates, pronunciation of modern geographical names, and population of US cities, over 8000 population, according to 1890 census.

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