Book Art Contents

I like (some) paintings, and I love books, so naturally I started collecting original artwork used in books and magazines. It's generally hard to find and quite expensive, but the occasional exception appears. Click on the thumbnails for large scans.

 

George BarrGeorge Barr

George Barr
"
The face rumbled behind its lips"
from
The Dying Earth by Jack Vance
1976 Underwood-Miller

 

This is an illustration for my favorite Vance short story, "Guyal of Sfere", in one of my favorite Vance books, The Dying Earth. The second scan shows a portion of the back.

 

Frank Kelly FreasFrank Kelly Freas

Frank Kelly Freas
"
The Savage Report No. 2"

 

This is an illustration that Mr. Freas apparently drew specifically for sale at a convention, although it might be from a book.

 

Kaja Foglio - Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten OxFrontispiece for Bridge of Birds

Kaja Foglio
The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox
by Barry Hughart
1999
, The Stars Our Destination

 

Graphite and Sumi ink. More of her artwork is available on her web page.

 

L Tedrick

L. Tedrick
Born Under Mars
by John Brunner
June 1972 (second printing), Ace

 

A huge painting, with "airbrush and acrylic" handwritten on the back. This painting was not used for the first printing in 1967.

 

Allyn & BaconAllyn & Bacon

Searles Readers

Edited by Anna Hawley Searles

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
No date (c1950), no artist names

 

Six illustrations on thick board. Three colored, three black and white. For Searles Fourth Reader and Searles Sixth Reader. Anna Searles edited a number of anthologies for juveniles, many containing stories by famous authors. I have not been able to locate a copy of either book.

 

Original Cover Art for The Wallet of Kai Lung

Original Preliminary Cover Art for The Wallet of Kai Lung

Author: Ernest Bramah

Book published in 1900 by Grant Richards, London.

 

Original sketch (pen-and-ink?) with yellow paint. The picture has the initials "BD" in the lower-right corner.  Handwritten in pencil outside of the picture is "Sketch for Cover Design D. <illegible> Duncan." It might be "Robert", which would make BD Bob Duncan. I've included a close-up of the inscription for your bemusement. I'd appreciate any info about this. (Vertical line near the right edge caused by composite scan.)

 

Stephen Fabian

Stephen Fabian

"Fafhrd, Come Back Now!"

Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Lieber

Ace paperback page 21.

 

According to editor Stuart David Schiff, this "was part of the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser folio for the Fritz Leiber issue of Whispers magazine. It was dropped at the last moment, so is the only artwork from that folio that did not see print. Its image is 6 1/2" x 10" on 11" x 14" textured paper."

 

Stephen Fabian

Stephen Fabian

"Almuric"

 

8" x 11" pen and ink on paper. From a 1977 black and white Almuric portfolio published by Jonathan Bacon of Stygian Isle Press. There were only 350 copies printed. It is marked in pencil on the back "Almuric page 99-100". A great action scene very much in the spirit of Howard, where our hero battles a squadron of winged ghouls.

 

Publishing information provided by Bud Plant Illustrated Books.

 

Stephen Fabian

Stephen Fabian

Unpublished

 

5" x 9" pen and ink on paper. Undated. Artist's return address label on the back. Originally purchased at a convention auction.

 

 

Stephen Fabian

Stephen Fabian

Unknown date and place

 

Illustration is drawn on heavy paper that measures approximately 11" wide x 13" tall, the actual size of illustration itself is approximately 7" wide x 10" tall. Purchased in 1975 from the artist. On the back of the piece in the lower right corner there is holographic printing in blue ink "Copyright 1975 by Jonathan Bacon, all rights reserved." If you know where and when this piece was published please let me know.

 

Stephen Fabian

Stephen Fabian

Unknown date and place

 

Illustration is drawn on heavy paper that measures approximately 11" wide x 13" tall, the actual size of illustration itself is approximately 6" wide x 5" tall. Purchased around 1980 from the artist. In the upper left corner is printed in pencil "INSIGHT - REF PG. 7".

 

Michael Charlton

Michael Charlton

Maigret Hesitates and Maigret Takes the Waters by Simenon

1971, Saxon Artists Ltd., London

 

 

 

Vincent Di FateVincent Di fate

Vincent Di Fate

Unknown

 

I bought this on Ebay in 1996, but I lost the records of the transaction. I do not know if this is a published picture or not; any information would be appreciated.

 

 

David B. Mattingly

David B. Mattingly

The Clocks of Iraz by L. Sprague de Camp

December 1983, Ballantine Books

First paperback edition.

 

A large and bright cover illustration.

 

C W Bacon

C W Bacon

Gold in the Sky by Max Catto

1956 Heinnemann, London

 

Dust jacket illustration for the first edition..Original oil on paper. The dust jacket is quite rare; I had to get a copy from Australia.

 

Hannes Bok Hannes Bok

Hannes Bok

 

Little more than two doodles by this famous genre artist, but original artwork from Bok is very expensive.

 

Corey Wolfe Corey Wolfe

Corey Wolfe

Fantasy Book 1984

 

This is an original painting signed lower right & dated (on the back) 1984. The art is on 24 X 16" illustration board.

 

Hank Jankus

Hank Jankus

Weird Tales 1988-89

 

This is an original painting created for the short story "The Odd Old Bird" published in the special Avram Davidson issue. Jankus died shortly before publication. It is part of a collection of manuscript materials, and so the web pages are part of the Manuscripts section.

 

Norman Ault

Norman Ault

Chambers Publishing House 1915

 

Watercolors on artist board complete with editor's markings for size reduction, margin marks, and archive numbers. It measures 14 1/2 inches by 10 5/8 inches. There is also a cover sheet with a holographic pencil caption that reads 'Charles I signs the "Petition of Right."', below that 'Dram History Reader III", and below that 'Galley slip 32.'

 

Alan M. Clark

Alan M. Clark

"The Play's the Thing" by Timothy Zahn

Analog Magazine February 1997

 

Acrylic on board, measures 13 by 10 inches. Purchased from the artist.

 

Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett

"White Haired Man" ca1940

 

From a fantasy illustration collector's estate comes this published interior by Richard Bennett, who authored and illustrated many children's books circa 1930s-1940s. This piece is titled "White Haired Man" in pencil on the back of the painting, and it is in ink and ink wash on paper mounted on illustration board, 6.5" x 9.5", plus matte. About the artist and writer, we have been unable to obtain further information about him beyond the fact that a school was named after him in Belleview, WA (The Richard Bennett Elementary School), built on the site of Bennett's ranch home in King County, WA. His family is mainly deceased, although his many books on children's Celtic and Irish folk tales and "Arthurian" stories and art, live after him.

 

Jerry Vanderstelt

Jerry Vanderstelt

The Silver Call by Dennis L. McKiernan

ROC November 5, 2001

 

This is the cover art for the reprint of two of McKiernan's earlier Mithgar novels in omnibus form. It is done with acrylics on illustration board, and measures 24" x 34¼".

 

Jerry Vanderstelt

Jerry Vanderstelt

The Merchant Prince by Armin Shimerman and Michael Scott

Pocket Books June 2000

 

Armin Shimerman is the actor who played "Quark" on Deep Space Nine, and also the school principal on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Jerry put the author as protagonist on the cover.

 

 

Lin Carter

Lin Carter

Sandalwood and Jade by Lin Carter

Sign of the Centaur 1951

 

The original illustration art used for Lin Carter's fantasy book Sandalwood and Jade, which the author himself created for the frontispiece of his book, published by Sign of the Centaur (his own imprint) in 1951. The artwork is in pen/ink, 12" x 7.5" and shows the vestiges of making the art "camera ready" in those places where publishing information needed to be affixed. Purchased from Worlds of Wonder.

 

 

Edward Miller

Edward Miller

The Scar by China Mieville

MacMillan 2002

 

Dust jacket cover art. Acrylics on canvas board. 18" x 12". Purchased from Worlds of Wonder.

 

Jill Bauman

Jill Bauman

The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber

Easton Press 1991

 

Interior illustration for the 1991 Easton Press edition of Fritz Leiber's The Wanderer. Jill Baumann's Website.

 

Alicia Austin

Alicia Austin

Not Long Before the End

 

 

Unknown provenance.


Page updated: 04 Oct 2002