Frequently Asked Questions




How much does it cost and what are the payment terms?

Price and Payment Terms: Please call us for details 612.212.7044

Are all original images and text retained?

Yes. In both The Custom Edition™ and Complete Reference Edition™, all 2,234 photographs and 2.5 million words have been retained in this historic recreation of Curtis’ magnum opus.

Are the sets archivally produced?

Yes. Both Editions are made with extremely high-quality materials and with normal care they will last hundreds of years.

How long has this project taken?

It will take over three years when complete.

How many photographs are there in each set of the Republication?


How many pages of text and transcriptions of language and music?

Over 5,000

How many hours will be required to finish it?

We estimate 35,000 – 40,000 hours. Over 10,000 hours were necessary to recreate all the text, language and music and do the four-five rounds of proofreading.  Our production team will spend over 10,000 hours on creating the Custom Edition.  In total, we have a team of over 15 people involved in the various aspects of the project.

Is there much handwork?

Yes. For The Custom Edition, binding, printing, collating, top-edge gilding and interleaving all require handwork. The total will be 15,000 – 20,000 person hours. We will be creating and interleaving nearly 200,000 photographic prints one sheet at a time.

Was it necessary to create new fonts and typeface?

Yes. This was part of the 10,000+ hours spent on completely digitizing and re-creating the 2.5 million words and the transcriptions of language and music.

Have the Republication Sets appreciated?

The Custom Edition has more than doubled in value and is projected to go to over $35,000 – $40,000 before the edition is sold out.

When will I receive my complete set?

Custom Edition: You will receive your complete Set within one to three months.

Complete Reference Edition™: The anticipated delivery date for the Sets will be October 2017 for Volumes I – V and Portfolio Volume I.  Thereafter you will receive another five Volumes and one Portfolio every 60 days until your Set is complete.

Is this a limited edition, will it be reprinted?

The Custom Edition is a limited-edition of 75. It will never be reprinted.

How much space does a complete set require?

Custom Edition:  Each of the twenty Volumes average approximately 2” wide by 12 ¾ x 9 ¾”. Each of the five Portfolio Volumes are also approximately 2” wide and are 12 ½” x 15 ½” on the other dimensions. The linear inches required are approximately 50”-55”.

Complete Reference Edition™:   Each Volume is 12 ¾ x 9 ¾ x 2”.  The Portfolio Volumes are 13½ x 9 ¾  x 2”.  The total linear measurement is also 50 – 55”.


Was this a demanding project?

Yes, we have been told that this is one of the most complex and ambitious republication projects that has ever been undertaken.

For detailed info on more specifications, materials and workmanship: The Republication 

Julie Cardozo
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