11th edition encyclopedia britanica?

ms01634August 5, 2010

I have a complete set of 11th edition (1929) encyclopedia britanicas. The only thing I know is that the 10th edition was many years earlier and a badly needed update was manufactured through sears & roebuck in 1929. These are as perfect as they come. Just age discoloration. they were on shelves their entire life. Any ideas on the value??

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lindac

I think if you can find a buyer, you will be lucky.
Old encylopedia have almost no value.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2010 at 10:38PM
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mfrog

The 11th edition is the one collectible edition, if it has the calf leather, BUT, like Linda said, it's very difficult to sell. Having said that, I buy them cheap if they still have the original wood bookcase, because they sell really well as magazine stands.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2010 at 1:57PM
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lazy_gardens

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Encyclop%C3%A6dia_Britannica#11th_edition

That one and the 9-10th edition are superb pre-WWI reference sources for writers and scientists, but not extremely valuable.

If it's a 1929 Sears printing, it's perhaps the 14th edition, still a good reference for early modern things.

The trick is advertising it as a reference source for WRITERS ... I've sold several ratty sets of encyclopedias bu focusing on their status as "state of the art" for people who write about history and write historical fiction.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2010 at 4:30PM
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