Mark Greenig wrote an interesting article in the Minnesota paper D-L Online about looking for vintage trapping books. Lots of old trapping books can be found, dating back to the 1800’s. I’ve started collecting a few myself.
Mark provides some useful information for collectors:
Some names to look for which seem to be collectible include, A.R. Harding Publishing Co., S. Stanley Hawbakers, The Science of Trapping by E, Kreps, O.L. Butcher, The Trapper Magazine, E.J. Dailey to name just a few. You will find books from the early 1900s to current day on the open market.
Value of vintage trapping books is still within reach of the common person. Books from the early 1900s through the 1930s seem to be in demand at the current time. I believe there are two reasons for this. They are relatively easy to find and reasonably priced. Most will run $5 to $20.
Condition is paramount in terms of value. Good black and white artwork within the pages of the book will add additional value. Add color and great artwork, especially on the cover, and the price can double.
I have looked at some soft cover trapping books offered in the $70 range. Best places to find such books are antique shops, flea markets and of course eBay. I am confident, there are many desirable trapping books sitting in forgotten places in our immediate area. Not only are they collectible, but they are a great read during these long winter days. Until next time, may all your searches be successful.