I am a high school teacher and would like to approach the publisher of a copyrighted translation of a classic book about republishing it, this time with (public domain classic paintings as) illustrations. I understand this can be done by paying a fee. The publisher is a large, well-known university press, and has all the standard forms online for republishing excerpts and the like, but of course not for this request.
Has anyone here successfully done this? Does anyone know whether this is something I should ask the general 'permissions@...' email?