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I have several books with copy rights dating from1849. Leaflets of memory. The last days of Pompeii dated 1946. I have others. Are these books worth anything? I also have a Encyclopedia of America History by Richard B. Morris. No copyright date.
Can you please advise me.
Ps.. any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Dear stacey,

Many thanks for contacting me.  Leaflets of Memory was an annual publication, and copies are currently bring offered for sale at around $50 to $150 depending on how fine the binding is, as some are very decorative.  The Last Days of Pompeii is a late edition of a book by Lytton first published in the 19th century, and of little commercial value. The Encyclopedia again has very little commercial value, and would I think not be purchased by a dealer for re-sale.

I hope this helps, and please do rate me if you get a chance.

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