Reprints of antique medical illustrations

Transmiatel I collect antique medical illustrations from the 18th and 19th century. My collection is small, mostly because the really beautiful pieces are usually quite pricey. For a more affordable option, Transmission Atelier is a fine art printer in Chicago that also reissues antique medical, religious, mythology, and natural history illustrations. They've picked some fantastic pieces to reprint. I haven't seen Transmission Atelier's work in person, but they describe their products as "extremely detailed limited edition digital pigment prints." Small prints (8" x 10") are $49.99 and the large ones (16" x 20") are $119.99.
Transmission Atelier Editions

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  1. I’m feeling so cynical today…

    digital pigment ink = HP Z3100 inkjet printer
    limited edition = we don’t expect to sell many at these prices
    extremely detailed = 4000 dpi scanner

    As there is (presumably) no original creative work present in these reproductions, “limited edition” is a bit meaningless anyway given that anybody else is free to produce equivalent reproductions of the same out of copyright works ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derivative_work#When_does_derivative-work_copyright_exist.3F )

  2. As there is (presumably) no original creative work present in these reproductions, “limited edition” is a bit meaningless anyway given that anybody else is free to produce equivalent reproductions of the same out of copyright works[…]”

    Pointing us to a wiki link about derived works and copyrights is all well and good… but tell me, can you point us to high-resolution sources of this sort of material?

    Value isn’t always based on having sole-ownership of a scarce resource. Sometimes it springs from providing us access to it (see Penguin Book’s Penguin Classics, for example).

    I, for one, appreciate this. And just to be clear – I’m not be facetious in asking for links to this sort of source material. If anyone has any, please do share! :)

  3. HP Z3100 inkjet printer= King-of-the-hill, superb printer, capable of the highest image quality currently available.

    Limited Edition= Each piece is limited to 250 copies. I don’t think you can find prints of these images anywhere else. If you do find them they will not have been created with the amount of care and expertise that these editions are.
    The labor that goes into these is worth twice the advertised price. These are a great deal.

    4000 dpi scanner- Actually it’s 4300 optical dpi.
    The Kodak iqsmart2 is THE scanning solution for imaging professionals.

    anybody else is free to produce equivalent reproductions of the same out of copyright works =
    lets see what yours look like.

  4. here is a link for the ORIGINALS – antiqueprintstore.com
    check out the anatomy section
    as old as 18th century
    as low as $25
    and they are O L D

    i have a lame scanner but would send for FREE scans of anything that fit on it.

    public domain rules!

  5. #4, #7;
    Morbid Anatomy also has links to lots of this kind of material.

    I’m reluctant to buy original prints taken from old books, as I know it’s not uncommon for books to be dismantled to do this; they’re worth more sold as individual prints than sold as a whole book.

  6. #3, #6, it’s easy to be cynical about someone elses efforts, so let me make a positive comment regarding art reporduction(even if it’s in the public domain). The point is that Transmission Atelier Editions is providing the buying public with the ability to purchase old out-of-print plates in a smaller run, higher quality reproduction, versus a low quality high count reproduction that you might find in an Urban Outfitters or some other chain. Considering how the economy is these days, I laud the small independent manufacturers such as Transmission, and will be looking to these smaller venues for gift and decorative arts.

    i also noticed some original photography at their website focusing on industrial decay… love the rust.

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