As seen on the Gallery page - Fratini designed the hardback editions which were a continuous image over the front and back of the books. Although not to my personal taste, these are miniature canvases in their own right.
Benedetto "Nino" Caroselli; Italy - Nino Caroselli was an Italian painter and illustrator. Although not much is known about him, he would appear to have been active in Italy as a cover artist and painter.
In the UK, Nino Caroselli produced hundred of covers for the pocket libraries published by Fleetway. He first appeared in 1959 as an illustrator for Top Spot but very quickly established himself as a cover artist on Super Detective Library, Thriller Picture Library and Cowboy Picture Library. However, it was his work for the War libraries that would keep him busy for many years during the 1960s.
Born:1924 - Springfield, Massachusetts | Died: 1978 | Known for: illustrator, mod images, portrait
"A magazine and book illustrator and reporter-artist with impressionist style and bold coloration, Frank Mullins covered a variety of subjects including sports, oceanography, and fiction. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators and contributed work to "Sports Illustrated", "Saturday Evening Post", "Redbook" and the American Heritage series, "The Book of Knowledge"." Ref: AskArt.com
Bibliographic Details: Title: Angelique in Barbary | Publisher: J. B. Lippincott, Philadelphia | Publication Date: 1961 | Binding: Hard Cover Illustrator: Frank E. Mullins
As seen on the Gallery page under the heading of how I fell in love with the books.
These five covers follow chronologically Books 6 (complete), 7 (in two parts) and 8 (also in two parts) - John Raynes based his covers on his wife and two others have come to light that may have also have been intended as part of the series - but for which two books?
So which books might these be?
I discovered to my astonishment (thanks to tikit.net) that Michael Johnson had also been commissioned to provide the dustjacket for 'Angélique and the Demon.' I think I know now why, although I love the cover, I had not linked it to this particular hardback. Firstly, I did not discover his paperback illustrations until I started actively seeking alternative Angélique covers by which time I had already seen his hardback design. Perhaps more obviously, because I am very visually led, his paperback covers veer to the pink/purple spectrum whereas the hardback is fully blown technicolour! (OK so looking more closedly at 'King' - that is a big giveaway!). I'd also got used to the capital 'A' which is quite a different font to the others used and that, in my defence, does not show on the hardback dustjacket.
Yes, I can see quite clearly, now that it has been pointed out to me - that this hardback cover and the paperbacks feature above are definitely the work of the same artist!
The author's signature just visible bu the Heinemann logo
From the inside cover the provenance and identity of the illustrator
Sometimes changing the original to a 'negative' highlights certain details more clearly- here the author's signature is a little more visible (but granted, not much!)
The interior images give the illustrators provenance on the back cover flap (enlarged above) and the synopsis plus a Heinemann sales sticker on the front cover flap - £9.95 in 1973 for the first edition publication.
With grateful thanks to Pulp International for their information concerning j. Oval
Two covers "from Sergeanne Golon’s famed Angélique series. Sergeanne Golon was actually a pseudonym for French author Anne Golon and her Russian husband/historical researcher Serge, aka Vsevolod Sergeïvich Goloubinoff. J. Oval was a pseudonym for artist Ben Ostrick, who was a major illustrator of both books and magazine articles in the 1950s and 1960s. These covers are circa late 1958 to 1962."
The last of the original six Pan Major/Pan Giant/Pan Books
A one-off for the Canadian market - no further details at present.
I have speculated on this before now - especially whenever I have found wholly inappropriate (to the subject matter) book covers - see some of my individual book pages - Sultan is a particular favourite for bizarre interpretations!
As Tim at Tikit is a friendly sort and knows many illustrators - I posed the question to him in his chat room.
Page updated 21st October 2015