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Q: Old books published in USA ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Old books published in USA
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: east416-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 16 Feb 2005 06:04 PST
Expires: 18 Mar 2005 06:04 PST
Question ID: 475403
I have a 10 volume set of old books titled "The Works of Maurice
Hewlett". The publication dates seem to range from 1898-1904, yet they
are obviously a complete set. The edge of the pages are rough cut and
the covers are cloth (?). Each book mentions that there were only 500
copies printed. Is there any value here?
Subject: Re: Old books published in USA
Answered By: kriswrite-ga on 16 Feb 2005 07:53 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello East416~

The short answer to your question is ?Yes, there is value in this set of books.?

?The Works of Maurice Hewlett,? as you describe, were published
between 1898 and 1906 by MacMillan Company. There are several
booksellers offering the 10 volume collection on the Internet, which
makes it easier to get an idea of what your set may be worth.

One seller describes the set as ?Green Cloth/Gold Gilt, embossed seal
on front board & gold gilt design on spine; This edition consists of
500 copies; Illustrated; Not all illustrations are present; Books
range from Good to VG condition; Four of the books are torn at the
head of spine; spines yellowed; most of the books have cracked hinges;
boards are in moderate condition; interior/text of all are in (VG)
nice condition; Vol XX first few pages are loose Hardcover.? This set
is listed for $200. (abeBooks listing: )

Another seller describes the set: ?cloth, gilt dec. spines, embossed
seal on cover, top edges gilt. N.Y. and London: The MacMillan Co.,
(1898). Edition de Luxe, limited to 500 sets.? And sells for $500.
(abeBooks listing:

As with most old things, condition is of vital importance. Any missing
pages or illustrations, any cracking or staining, any injury to the
binding, etc. affect the value of this set of books.

For a set that is in good condition, $500 seems to be the going price.
Please note that all the examples at this price are listed as dating
to the 1898 printing. (See listings at BookFinder:

For sets that are in damaged condition,  the price is lower, about
$200 (BookFinder:

Kind regards,

Searches for title at,, and
east416-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Very informative-helped me a lot. Many thanks.

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