This is my personal opinion, not a legal one (but based on years of
American scholarly publishng experience as acquiring editor and as
author): Include the illustrations, credit them fully, and don't
waste another minute worrying about copyright or permissions. The
publisher probably doesn't exist anymore (nothing came up on Google
or Amazon), and you have the physical copy of the original
(Former science editor, Rutgers University Press)
> Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 08:13:35 -0000
>From: "Chaplin, Simon" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: FW: copyright
>Dear list members,
>We've received the following enquiry. I wondered if anyone might be able
>to advise? If so, could you please make sure that your reply is copied
>to Mr Copestake ([log in to unmask]) as well as the list.
>Dear Sir, Madam
>I am writing on behalf of the Loch broom Field club. We have published a
>small booklet on the flora of Loch broom which we sell locally to
>interested visitors in the area.
>The club though properly constitutes is very small and the sales is seen
>as an extension of our own interests and although we aim to cover our
>costs the small surplus is fed back into the club.
>The flora is due for reprinting, as electronic methods now make adding
>illustrations viable, we would like to include some within the
>publication. With no artists on tap, one of the group suggested that we
>scan some of the pictures from the 'Illustrations of the British Flora'
>(a series of wood engravings with dissections of British plants) drawn
>by W H Fitch and W G Smith. The book we have was published by L Reeve in
>Do you know, or advise us who might know, whether we could do this
>without infringing copyright?
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