Why is Helen Catterall's book so expensive?

  1. platinumOwl4 profile image74
    platinumOwl4posted 6 years ago

    Why is Helen Catterall's book so expensive?

    The title of  the books  covers to topic of divorce between blacks and whites during slavery.

  2. drmonroe profile image59
    drmonroeposted 6 years ago

    Helen Tunnicliff Catterall's 5-Volume "Judicial Cases Concerning American Slavery and the Negro" of which I assume you speak is, as you say, quite expensive at over $400 where it can be found at all.

    The reason for this, I believe, is simply that the book is and has been out of print for quite a while. When books go out of print, obviously, no new copies are available to fill the demand. As in all economic scenarios a limited supply of a product will always increase its cost to those who demand it.

    You might consider writing the publisher (William S Hein & Co - http://www.wshein.com) and asking them if they have any plans to republish the book in print or perhaps in ebook/kindle format. You should know, though, that as a specialty publisher focusing on legal texts their prices are still well above those you may be expecting from normal mass market books.