I believe 1000 copies were printed and some were sold for over $5000 when the book was first offered to collectors a few years ago. Grandmaster Kanei Uechi's formal signature/seal were included in a few of these books. I haven't seen any of these offered for sale yet.
Quite a few copies have been offered by original owners of the book recently and the price dropped to around $2500.
See the video I posted above, George, by someone who appears to be in the business of reselling these books. The $5000 would be a ceiling, and frankly too high unless the book was in "mint" condition. I think $2500 is probably a "fair" price for one in EXTREMELY good condition. This economy has brought a little bit of sanity to the collector's market.
I'm in the market for one with a busted binding, but all the pages intact. I'd like to scan some of the pictures for personal use. The binding is just too fragile for someone to do this to an intact book.
First off. . . please tell us your uncle's name and any information you have concerning his training on Okinawa. If you send me his picture and biography, I'll post it in our "Memorial" website for Uechi practitioners who have died.
I second that.
And per my request above, see if you can find any of his old gis, weapons, and other training paraphenalia. Again... I will find a good home for these. Some of us have sentimental attachments to out-of-date gi patches, belts, and well-used weapons.
In my school the junior belts would sign their colored belts after their promotion, and pass it on to another junior below them. The goal was to see how many generations this belt could go through, and the names that could be accumulated on it. If you ended up with a belt that was signed by someone who had subsequently done well, that was a very cool thing. Similarly the original "owners" of the belt would want to see that belt get passed on to as many generations as possible. So they wouldn't just hand it down to anyone, and they'd "motivate" the new owner if they chose to slack off a bit.