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1myshelves
Jan. 3, 2007, 8:37pm

When the publisher won't tell you the name of the cover artist --- don't you hate that?! --- and you can't find a signature, have you found any resources for learning the name of the artist?

On a couple of occasions, I've found the answer by googling the title and "artist."

But has anyone found any useful URLs with lists by artist or publisher?

2ryn_books
Jan. 3, 2007, 11:04pm

I've found a couple by using google images and checking on the domains showing the book cover I'm interested in. Most are publisher-type sites but there's sometimes a fan site or artist site in the mix.

3ringman
Jan. 5, 2007, 12:52pm

Both the locus index and ISFDB sometimes give artists. I have no evidence that either goes futher than looking at the copyright page and back cover so in general its covers I already know about.

Some artists sign or otherwise mark there work and this can be seen on covers. PE with a line round it is Peter Elson, Melvyn is Melvyn Grant.

If you think you can identify the artist they often have websites on which you might find the cover. Unfortunately most artists are more interested in selling prints of recent work than listing covers done 30 years ago.

Lokking up artists on Google, I am amazed how often 'Books tagged "artist's name cover" ! LibraryThing' appears on the first page of results.

4ringman
Jan. 17, 2007, 10:17am

I have come accross many cases where the book spells the artist's name wrong! They would not get away with for authors.

Examples are Melvin Grant for Melvyn Grant. Bob Habberfield for Bob Haberfield, and one Tor book with a Thomas Canty cover which spelt the name differently on the copyright page and on the back cover.

There is also no consistancy with van Houten and Posen, both of which appear as both Mick and Mike.