"Mastering The MFC for Windows 95 using Symantec C++" by Richard Parker published by Thomson Computer Press.
It's long out of print, and I wished to make it available to my customers. I contacted the author, he was all for it, but said he didn't have the rights, I'd have to contact the publisher.
The publisher is out of business. I could find nothing on who owned the rights. Dead ends everywhere I looked.
So everybody loses. The author, the publisher, me, and my customers.
BTW, there is one used copy for sale on amazon for $14,763.21:
As of this moment, the most expensive book on Amazon is going for one billion dollars:
Funnily enough, my book is a good example of this. There's three copies on Amazon, priced within 1 cent of each other: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1898275351/ref=dp_olp... It was one of the elss well-selling ones in the series so it's become 'rare' by virtue of its own obscurity, rather than inherent merit of its own :-)
EDIT: Apparently it can be had for only £15 now. How depressing.