Sunday, July 06, 2008

A good investment よく買った!

The falconry community is small and therefore literature on the subject is somewhat limited. Every once in awhile though, a book will be published that is a "must have". Because of the limited size of the audience, falconry books tend to be published in smaller numbers and once the initial published count has been depleted those "must have" books become quite the valuable commodity. Take for instance The Imprint Accipiter by Michael McDermott, considered by many to be an essential read if you are going to be raising a young hawk. Now you can own your very own copy for only $408.52! (Luckily Mr. McDermott is rumored to be working on a reprint of the book that should be out soon...I'll buy one then!) And if you thought that was bad check out this special edition signed copy of Harry McElroy's Desert Hawking II . Granted, it's a signed special edition copy of the book but...$850?!?!

鷹狩の仲間がどこにいっても少ないです。それからこそ鷹狩についての本がわずかしかない。(日本語の本にしてはもっとそうかもしれない)しかしたまに買わなきゃような本が出てきます。例えばインプリントをするならThe Imprint Accipiterは聖書みたい(英語しかない)。しかしそういう本を読む人が少ないのでそう何印刷しない。今その本を買おうと思ったら約5万円がかかる!高い!でもあれが可笑しいと思ったらDesert Hawking IIという本は今ebayで10万円に近い値段で売っています!まぁ,ちょっと特別な本は確かでしょうけど10万円?!?信じられない。

Well wouldn't ya know it, back when I was an apprentice falconer at a weekend meet at a spectacular lodge (that was geared toward falconry at the time), I happen to pick up a copy of one of Mr. McElroy's books:
しかし12年ぐらい前に鷹狩大会に行った時Desert Hawking IIの作者の別の本を買いました:

I remember struggling over the purchase, I can't remember if I had a job or not at the time but $60 seemed like A LOT of money at the time. Looking back now I can't say I regret the purchase! Another falconer recently told me that he sold his copy for $500! If I sold mine for that much it would be about a 850% return on my investment! Why can't I get my stocks to do that?!


Yeah, the economy is bad right now but not quite bad enough for me to give this book up yet. There's definitely a part of me that wonders what this price tag would say today though:



Isobael said...

My sponsor told me that if I ever found a copy of Desert Hawking for less than $200, to snatch it up.

I think I gasped for air when he said that. I couldn't imagine spending that much on a book! Especially when that $200 could go into something like...more equipment, bettering the mews, etc.

I own two actual falconry books...Matt's book on Kestrels and the Falconry Equipment book. Not counting the CHC study guide, which would make three books.

I've borrowed books, checked out books from the library. I have The "Red Tail Hawk" in PDF form and an older copy of William Oake's book "The Falconer's Apprentice" in PDF form.

That's pretty much it for my "falconry library".

Isaac Nichols アイザック ニコルス said...

Gotta love the library when it comes to falconry books! Much cheaper that way. Unfortunately the really good books usually don't make it to the library.

I do have a couple other books that I've bought but that one is BY FAR the most expensive. I've really enjoyed my subscriptions to American Falconry and International Falconer magazines though. Those make up the bulk of my "falconry library". :-)