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I just got a copy of "The complete encyclopedia of illustration"
(Grammercy, 1996).  It is a republication of the two volume 1851 book,
"The Iconographic Encyclopaedia of Science, Literature, and Art" and has
added editorial revisions and a plate indexed table of contents (12,000
illustrations) that the dust jacket says are:
        "copyright free and clearly reproducible"
The introduction says:
        "This edition, at the most modern level reproduces the entire
body of plates by means of fine-line offset lithography, which will
enable their most successful use by artists, designers, and others"

However, the above statements are contradicted by the copyright notice:
        "No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any
form or by any means electronic or mechanical including photocopying,
recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without
written permission in writing from the publisher."

Things get more interesting when the actual copyright information is
examined.  It says:
        "Special material copyright c 1979 by Crown Publishers, Inc. All
rights reserved under International and Pan American Copyright Convention."

My assumption is that the special material is the index and other
additions, not any of the actual illustrations and that the warning about
reproduction is Grammercy's boiler plate and that they received
authorization from Crown for the republication of that material.

Confused? Join the club.

Does anyone have experience with whether or not the drawings are indeed
public domain.  What about any restrictions on any other published "clip
art" manuals such as the Hart Picture Archives?

Comments appreciated.


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