These days everything costs a lot.
My metal fab guy told me that when he gets quotes on material they are good for 24 hours like buying fish.

I would not want to plunk down the cash to buy 250 copies of a decent size hardcover book.

I think a collector edition and an on demand paperback might be a good compromise. The Coulson book at $80 is a good example of a great book that is pushing the envelope of affordable for a 16 yr old apprentice.
It is a great book and that is a reasonable 2022 price for what you get but I can afford it.
People like you and i will buy the hardcover because we are invested in falconry. Or should I say addicted? 😁