Value of the New Modern Encyclopedia?

Value of the New Modern
Encyclopedia - very old volumeI own the New Modern Encyclopedia published by Wm. H. Wise & Co., Inc. I am just trying to find out what this book may be worth. It is in very good condition and has a brown leather binding.


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March 6, 20180 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. 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.

EBay has a few listed for $10-$20.

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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March 6, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you for your insight. I do understand that old books, especially reference books, can be just old. I was just wondering if other factors, such as leather-binding, artwork, etc.


may have an impact on value. Thank you again

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March 6, 20180 found this helpful

The binding, condition, images and other factors don't change the fact that the book isn't 100 + years old. All these conditions you've mentioned would only come into play if this book was published in 1870 = 1900's. Other than this they don't mean anything to a book buyer because the book isn't old enough to make it worth more. The information contained in these papers has been put online and updated many times over. The information in the book is outdated and not worth much at all.

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March 6, 20180 found this helpful

If the book is over 100 years old, it has value because it is an antique. If that is the case, take it to several book dealers.

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March 7, 20180 found this helpful

You do not state the publishing date but from other listings it appears this book was published in 1944-1946.

  • I love old books and it is sad to see one in this condition only to find they are not very valuable and hardly anyone wants it.
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  • It seems the only people interested in this type of book are true collectors and occasionally an interior decorator which makes for a very small select group that would even glance at your book.
  • There are several of these books presently listed on eBay and the asking prices start at $3.75 to $30 but none have sold in the past several months. It seems all of these books have a leather binding.
  • If you would like to sell this book, I would suggest you list it on your local Craigslist for $25 and lower the price if no one shows and interest.
  • Safety is always a prime concern it is always wise to meet anyone in a public place if they wish to see your book.
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