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October 28, 20131 found this helpful

I have a full set in excellent condition. It is a first edition. What is the value? I am looking to sell.

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October 29, 20130 found this helpful

I see this question asked a lot. Usually, they are worthless except for craft projects, because they are so outdated with incorrect information. You might try selling them as a set online but shipping will be probably more than the encyclopedias are worth.

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Encyclopedias that are over 100 years old or have some other historical significance might be worth something. In that case, I would take it to a bookstore that specializes in old or rare books.

Good luck, let us know what the outcome is?

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July 25, 2018

I have a 21 volume encyclopedia set. Lexicon Universal Encyclopedia is the title. It was published in 1986. I had done research a couple of months back and someone was selling a set like mine for almost $800 used. I checked again today and I found 2 people selling them for barely $200 used. What are they really worth since I've only been able to find approximately 3 other sets on eBay. They are a deep green hard cover with gold lettering.

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

A person can ask for any price. Its what it sells for that counts.

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Its not an antique and my guess is that it will sell for $200 or less.

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June 17, 2018

What is the value of a Standard Education Society, Inc. Chicago 1964 encyclopedia set?

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June 17, 20180 found this helpful

It is not worth much since it is not an antique.

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March 11, 2018

I have two encyclopedia collections and I'm wondering if they are worth anything. The first one has 18 volumes and is the Illustrated Home Library Encyclopedia, copyright 1957.

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The other one is a Encyclopedia Britannica collection 24 volumes, 1768. There's a few other books there as well.

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March 11, 20180 found this helpful

People get information from the internet now. These books are less than 100 years old and worth very little.

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August 28, 2017

What is the value of a set of Appleton's encyclopedias dated 1901?

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August 28, 20170 found this helpful

I believe there are several different kinds of Appleton's Cyclopedias and each has a different number of books to the set.

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You may have to do your own research as you have the set in front of you. Just be sure you have the name correct and also the very latest date mentioned as that would be the published date. The main concern of collectors is the condition so when looking be sure you check the condition of any set you find for sale against the condition of your set.
eBay and Amazon are the largest book selling sites so you can check those on a continuing basis to see if anyone lists anything in your category. You can also check on Google with your zip and see if you have anyone specializing in vintage or antique books. You may be able to find someone in your area that can give you some idea as to the value of your set.

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July 24, 2017

I have a full set of 15 volumes of the Chambers's Encyclopaedia New Edition 1959. Can you please advise the value of same?

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July 24, 20171 found this helpful

Truthfully - not very much. These sets are difficult to sell and most library book sales and thrift stores will not accept them because they are hard to sell for any amount.

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Some people try to sell them on eBay and other sites but it is usually a waste of their time but may eventually sell for $30-40 dollars (may!). Book sellers leave books listed for months and sometimes years and many times never sell them.

You could try listing them on Craigslist for $60 and you may get a few bites and then decide if you want to sell or lower the price.

Here are some current listings at a famous book site:

https://www.abe  yclopaedia/pics/

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July 11, 2017

I inherited a set of 10 encyclopedias, and I'm wondering what their value is. They were printed in the Union of South Africa by Cape Town Ltd., during the apartheid era.

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I am not sure of the date as I cannot find one. The publisher is the Consolidated World Research Society Ltd. London.

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July 12, 20170 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. Libraries, 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.
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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July 12, 20170 found this helpful

Apartheid dates are 1948-1991. If your encyclopedias were published during this era, they have little to no value.

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July 12, 20170 found this helpful

Unless the set is complete and over 100 years old, it probably is not worth very much.

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July 12, 20170 found this helpful

Sad but true - there is not a lot of value to this type of books. I di find an appraisal of sorts from 5 years ago and they said the books were worth approximate $16 each. Another site lists the First Edition (1936) with a value of approx. 32.00.
It may be difficult to even give them away as most book sellers will not take them. You might place an ad on Craigslist and ask $25 and see if thee are any takers. Sometimes homeschoolers or craft people take an interest in this type of book.

https://www.abe  -world-research/

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September 21, 2018

I have a set of Britannica encyclopaedias. I have all 19 of the Macropaedia Knowledge in Depth.
I'm just trying to find out how much they are worth and how do you know what edition they are. I know the books are old, but I have kept them in great condition.

If anyone can help.

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May 23, 2018

Does anyone know the value of this 10 volume set? It is in excellent condition, published in 1958 by Angus & Robertson.

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December 18, 2017

Does my complete set of World Scope encyclopedias from 1955 have any value?

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June 13, 2017

I have the 1911 Catholic Encyclopedia by Robert Appleton. How many books are in this set and are they worth anything?

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June 13, 20170 found this helpful

Your books may have value as they were published before 1923. Check for possible EBay, Craig's List, etc. prices, auction houses in your area and also this site

http://www.book  book-values.html

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May 12, 2017

Is this set (which is pristine, they still creak when opened) worth anything at all? They are complete and with the case. Any idea?

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May 12, 20170 found this helpful

Encyclopedias, unless antique, have little value in today's market.

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May 3, 2017

I am trying to find out the value of a set of the New Book of Knowledge from 1898. It is missing one volume.

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May 3, 20170 found this helpful

Since this is over 100 years old, it is considered an antique. It would be worth more if it were a complete set, but I would take it to 3 book sellers for appraisals.

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April 4, 2017

I have a full set of American People Encyclopedias in decent condition. What would they be worth? They are 1958 edition.

Thank you.

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April 4, 20170 found this helpful

From Flipsy.com:

James Beattie, of Books Appraised, has been a professional book appraiser for 33 years. He says the vast majority of encyclopedia sets carry retail values of less than $75. Single volumes (the D from a set of Britannicas, for example) sell for proportionately less. Beattie's advice for would-be encyclopedia sellers? I would initially assume they're not worth very much, he says. Check sites like Abe Books to see if there are any for sale and at what price.

The problem, explains Lynn Roundtree, is that encyclopedias have no inherent value. Roundtree, who has more than 25 years of book appraisal experience, is the owner of Armadillo Books & Appraisals, based in Chapel Hill, NC.

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April 3, 2017

What is a full set Collier's Encyclopedia published in 1932 worth?

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April 3, 20170 found this helpful

These books usually have very little value. You would probably be better off financially by donating it and taking the tax deduction.

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March 13, 2017

How much would a set of 1884 German encyclopedias be worth?

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March 13, 20170 found this helpful

Your set may be valuable depending on the condition, content etc.
You can take the books to a local auction house and old book collectors for a possible evaluation. You also can search online-EBay, Craig's List, etc., and this site for possible value:
http://www.book  book-values.html

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January 23, 2017

We have volumes 1-10 of The New Book of Knowledge. I've searched all over the web and numerous other sites and found nothing. They have been in the family since just before 1995. What is the price range for selling them?

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January 23, 20170 found this helpful

These books have very little resale value. You can take it to a bookseller, but I think you will be disappointed. We donated an entire set of encyclopedias for this reason.

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May 7, 2016

I am wondering what a complete set of Standard America Encyclopedias copyright 1937, copyright The University Society MCMXVI is worth?
The set was printed and bounded in the United States of America by
The Cuneo Press, Inc.

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May 8, 20160 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.
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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November 4, 2015

I have a complete set of these books in perfect condition and by the looks of it they'll make great paper mache material, but not much in book value. Still I feel compelled to ask, are they worth anything? :\

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November 4, 20150 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 but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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February 19, 2012

I have a full set of encyclopedias from 1966 and plus the child crafting books that they also came with. Who do I need to talk to about to determine how much they are worth now?

By Sarah

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February 19, 20120 found this helpful

It's my understanding that encylopedias per se are not worth any money - perhaps the child books would fetch a bit - but don't count on it. The best you can probably do is to donate it to a school, library or thrift shop & then take the deduction for the donation.

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August 18, 20110 found this helpful

What would be the value of 5 encyclopedias from 1865? They are in pretty good shape with the exception of one which lost some of the outer binding. The pages inside and binding are very good. I believe they are called "The American Encyclopedia." I've had books from that era that were literally falling apart, unreadable, and unopenable basically, but these are not like that.

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August 20, 20110 found this helpful

Just advertise them on Craigs list or ebay. They are worth what someone is willing to pay. Otherwise you can pay an appraiser to tell you.

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