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December 19, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about finding the value of World Book encyclopedias. Old reference books such as encyclopedias may have some resale or collector's value.

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November 23, 2010

Years ago I had a very good cook book. It was a thick book, like a Bible. It had such really good recipes that were older. The best way I can describe this book is that in the back it had daily in-season meal plans for breakfast,dinner, and supper. I cannot remember the name of it and the covers were missing.

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November 23, 20100 found this helpful

I doubt if we are talking about the exact same cookbook as my old (very old) "cooking bible" has the in-season menus in the front of the book. Regardless, maybe this information could help your search. My mother got the book as a young wife in the 1950's and indeed it does have a lot of older recipes that can't be found in current cookbooks.

My book is titled "Culinary Art Institute Encyclopedic Cookbook", was edited by Ruth Berolzheimer, and has a copyright date of 1950. It has 974 pages plus index and about 50 pages of cooking and baking terms, different food variety explanations, etc. It truly is a "cooking bible" and my ultimate "go to" reference book for some info and many old recipes I can't find elsewhere.

Are you looking for a copy of the book - sorry, mine's not for sale :-) - or a particular recipe? If it's a recipe, I'd be happy to look it up for you.

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November 23, 20100 found this helpful

I have a very similar book from the 40s-50's called "The Modern Family Cook Book" by Meta Given. Passed down from my great-grandmother! It has a week's worth of meal plans for every month and large amount of great recipes. Mine also has the menu plans in the front.

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I also tend to prefer the older cookbooks. It just seems like the recipes are better, and most of them are surprisingly healthy.

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November 28, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you both for your quick answers. They both sound like what I had. Least now I can know what to look for and that is a start. I understand why you would not sell it as I never would have. You can bet I will be on a hunt now.

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November 29, 20100 found this helpful

I also have an old cookbook by Ruth Berolzheimer, but the name is: "The American Woman's Cook Book". It's copyright is 1938 through 1943. In the back of this book are daily menus but the tab for this section is: Wartime Cooking

I am a retired RN, age 70 plus, and this was my mother's cookbook. I still use it and my other "bible" the Joy of Cooking, as it was a gift from my parents when I graduated from high school! Good luck! Granny Beth

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November 29, 20100 found this helpful

I have a very old cookbook that has no covers :o( It was my Mom's. It is the Good Housekeeping cookbook and has all kinds of things in the back, don't know if it's the same one your looking for, but it's a great old cookbook!

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November 30, 20100 found this helpful

This is so cool, Frank/fnash. I was actually just poking around another web site that I enjoy and is kind of like a mini e-bay site that focuses only on handmade, or vintage items. I stumbled upon a cookbook that is an earlier edition of my "cooking bible" and thought of you.

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Here is the site, for your information.

http://www.etsy  ant&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title&filter[0]=vintage

Hope the link works! (I'm rather a luddite with computer issues!) Have Fun!

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November 30, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks again for everyones help. I found the book, with your aid, on the net and it is in the mail to me.
Should receive in a day or two.
Sure are helpful persons on this site.

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February 23, 2018

I was wondering if you knew if Day Otis Kellog created a dictionary called the Werner Encyclopædia, Akron Ohio 1910? It has his name on the articles along with other copyrights like A.R.R and Saalfield publishing.

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Any information would be appreciated.

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February 24, 20180 found this helpful
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This book is over 100 years old, so it is considered antique. Take it to an antique book dealer. He or she should give you a free verbal appraisal.

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February 22, 2018

I have a set of Smithsonian Scientific Series Vol 1-10. It is the complete set, published in 1930 with stamped embossed cover.

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February 22, 20180 found this helpful
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It is difficult to tell the actual condition of books from photos but your books appear to be well cared for.

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  • I have not found a full set of 1930 edition but judging from other sets (1934 mostly) I would think your set may be valued between $100 - $250.
  • This does not mean it would be easy to sell your set for this much money as some different years were sold for $12 - $40 dollars.
  • Some sellers are selling individual books instead of trying to sell a complete set.
  • Shipping is expensive and books are difficult to pack which makes many sellers try their luck on a local media/site such as Craigslist.
  • Here is a current listing of similar books from eBay.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_odkw=1930+Set+of+Smithsonian...
  • A set similar to yours sold in 2016 on another site:
  • www.ebth.com/.../4401129-1930s-smithsonian-scientific...
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January 11, 2018

I've got the set of 8 history books by Israel Smith Clare. They are in pretty good shape. What are they worth?

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January 13, 20180 found this helpful
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You will need to tell is the year they were published. Believe it or not this really matters so much. If they were published in 1918 or before then they are worth something and you should see a book dealer on this. If they were published after 1918 then they are just considered old and not worth more than a few dollars tops.

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March 6, 2018

I 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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January 12, 2017

I have a set of 20 - 1971 Grolier "The University Society Encyclopedia". Using an online grading from Alibris.com I was able to grade them. This set has been in controlled storage for almost 20 years. They are in amazing condition. I would need to grade them near fine, based on a near fine grading can you tell me the value?

I also have a set of 10 - 1972 "The Book of Popular Science". They too are in are in amazing condition. I would say they fall in between very good and near fine condition. I need to know their value too.

Last one. I have a set of 1971 "The Bookshelf for Boys and Girls". They are in very good condition. Please provide the value of these too.

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January 12, 20170 found this helpful

This type of book has very little value, no matter how good the condition is. You will want to go to several book dealers to get estimates.

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January 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. 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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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

The information DCA provided is just the way it is.
Sad that most of these books just have no value and very difficult to ship even if sold on an auction site. Craigslist or other local sites may yield a buyer.

eBay currently has some listings for Bookshelf for Boys and Girls but not sure of dates:

http://www.ebay  rls&_sacat=0

Here are some listings from eBay that actually sold:


http://www.ebay  d=p2045573.m1684

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April 17, 2018

I have a complete four volume set of, "The American Educator" in good condtion. Copyright 1897. Can you tell me, what is the approximate value of these books? Also, would it be better to sell them at auction, online (eBay), or just keep them?
Thank you.

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May 4, 2017

I have a copy of Chambers's Information for the People, volume 1. It is dated Edinburgh, 1857 and it is obviously an original copy. Is this worth getting it valued by an expert? Thank you.

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January 23, 2017

I have the full 20 volumes of this series: C.1901. How do I find the value?

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December 11, 2017

I have a 1943 unabridged edition dictionary. I am wondering what it might be worth.

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November 28, 2017

I have a 1925 University of Washington alumni year book in excellent shape and am wondering what it is worth ? The book is in A+ condition.

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April 11, 2017

I have the above mentioned set minus 1. Volume 1 covers 1607-1674. It is very old, copyright 1887.

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April 19, 20150 found this helpful

I have a copy of the Oxford dictionary of quotations published in 1953. It is in good condition. Is this worth anything?

By Peter S.

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March 2, 20150 found this helpful

How do I find the value of complete sets of Grolier Universal Encyclopedias, The Book of Popular Science, The Lands and Peoples, and 2 books of The New Webster Dictionary of The English Language book 1-A-Resource, book 2 Respect-Zymurgy. They are 1960 and older.

By Sharon

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August 12, 20140 found this helpful

I have a Encyclopedia Britannica World Atlas. It is an old copy from 1940. I want to know how much it is worth.

By Adriana C.

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August 13, 20140 found this helpful

So sorry, but nothing. It's too far out of date.

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August 14, 20140 found this helpful

I found about 50 listings on eBay for Encyclopedia Britannica World Atlas but from all different years.
There does seem to be some value if you sell it on eBay or maybe other sites.

Value otherwise - not much - if any.

Try finding info on Google, eBay and other sites for information.
Just remember - asking price is just that - asking price - not value.

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August 2, 2016

Have a nine volume set of "Six Thousand Years of History" dated 1906. I also have a complete set of "Great Books" along with Gateway and Idea sets and finally, 12 vol. "the New Larned History" 1924.
Is there a market or value?

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August 2, 20160 found this helpful

The sets may have some value, however, the values depend upon interested book collectors, similar available sets on the market and condition. You can research online for book collectors, Craig's List, and auction houses. Also try this site:

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

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May 20, 2016

I have 8 Waverley Children's Dictionary books and 3 Pictorial Knowledge books. Do these have any value or where can I take them if there is not value to them?

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May 20, 20161 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, 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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January 23, 2016

If I understand the other postings on this site my complete 1958 World Book Encyclopedia set is worthless except for crafters.

I also have a complete set of Time Life books "World War II" C 1977
And a Time Life series titled "Understanding Computers" C 1988
Both sets in pristine condition. Are either worth anything?
Thanks.

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January 23, 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 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 19, 2015

I have a complete set of 1968 Annals of America that came with my Encyclopedia Brittanica. Is it worth anything?

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November 20, 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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November 16, 2015

I have a complete set of 1910 The Americana - A Universal Reference Library. Can anyone tell me if it worth anything, and if it is, the best way to sell it?

Thank you.

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November 17, 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.

Your set may have value depending upon the buyer, condition of the set etc. You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities. You can also check auction houses in your area, old book stores, etc.

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