I too was looking at the silver gelatin prints, but decided against it after reading about their reproduction system.
Now I must admit I've never seen one of their prints in person, and they may very well be indestinguishable from an origional print, but until I know for sure, I'll hold back on making apurchase. The prices are very reasonable, especially the specials including a free print with the purchase of a book, but as they say themselve, the prints are made to be enjoyed, and not to be considered an investment. If that's the case, then there are some very well printed calenders on the market that would serve that purpose equally well, and I'd get 13 images for the purchase price.
These statements are meant in no way to demean or diminish the quality of the merchandise beiong offered by Lens Work, and I do visit their website frequently, for I find the overall package to be well done.
I have purchased two photogravure prints and I'm well pleased with them. I have seen the silver prints and can find no fault with them. I understand that they are made on Ilford Multigrade IV paper and archivally processed.
I recall seeing Brooks Jensens original proposal for this series of prints when I was visiting Chip Forelli in New York a few years ago and I think he was making digital scans of original prints and having a film writer produce a traditional black and white negative from which the final print is made. I have no problem with that approach and have not purchased a print because I have not yet seen an image that I really want in my collection.
A friend of mine bought some photogravures of cathedral pictures by Bruce Barnbaum. His silver prints of these, which I happen to have seen, are simply glorious. The gravures were quite a disappointment. I'd stick with gelatin silver.