Unfortunately there are many who have tried to profit off of v. Stephanitz’ hard work by copying his book. Here is a list of books that either are knock-off version of the book or suspected of being knock-off versions.
This version of the book which is commonly sold though online venues is highly suspected of being a knock-off of v. Stephanitz’ book. The title itself is called “The German Shephard Dog in Word and Picture” (note: misspelled “shephard” and not “shepherd” – some versions corrected this). While previews of the book look very similar there are many reviews out there that say this is NOT his book. This book routinely sells for a lot less than legitimate modern copies new.