Anne McCaffrey in the Thai Language
by Hans van der Boom
I suppose the
(pirated) Thai editions of Anne's books are only collectible for
the die hard fan/collector. At least I think the first of the
two books I will present here is a pirated edition. It sure
looks like it. This little booklet is printed on a poor quality
paper and measures only 23 x 15,5 centimeters (9.05 x 6.10
inches), is not listed by Matthew Hargreaves (Anne Inez
McCaffrey, Forty Years of Publishing) but does have a copyright
message on the title page If it really is a pirated edition that
seems a rather silly thing to do.
I suspect there
must be (have been) more (pirated) editions in the Thai language
as this volume has the title "Kon Kumangkon" which means
Dragondrums, which happens to be the sixth Pern book and the
last volume of the Harper Hall trilogy. It was printed in May
2531 that's May 1988 to us "westerners". It has part of the
cover art by Steve Weston for the UK Corgi paperback edition of
Dragondrums that was published in 1981.
The Thai edition is translated by somebody calling himself "Kangsa"
and the original price was 42 Baht. A pittance and
simultaneously maybe the best indication of it being a pirated
edition since 1 Baht is about 2 euro/dollarcents. So this book
would have cost you the royal sum of about 85 euro/dollarcents.
I've searched and
searched the internet but never, ever came across a pirated Anne
McCaffrey book in Thai. The only copy I was able to behold
(maybe you already guessed since this happened to me before) was
ín Ireland, at Anne's house, which is also where I shot this
picture of the cover.
If any of you (or
whomever reads this) has knowledge of other editions than this
one: please email me!)
I have no idea
what the book is worth but I assuredly would pay many times its
original price to get it in my possession!
While checking the
internet again, shortly before submitting this Collecting
Highlight (to check whether a copy wasn't suddenly offered
somewhere on the net) I came across an official Pern edition of
Dragonflight on a Thai online shop that also sells books! What's
even better: the book seems to have original cover art! Sorry
for the quality of the picture but it's the only one available.
Prices have gone up over the years as this Dragonflight costs
199 Baht originally It has ISBN 974-9741-13-7 and has been
published in 2547 (2004). I think I'll order a few of them.
thanks to my Thai friend Sunee Torsy-Tha in for translating (the
data on) the original title page of the 1988 edition.
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