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Book Fair Two plus Michael Johnson

Isn’t it always the way, no local book fairs for months then two come along in the same week. On Friday we went to the annual fair at the Methodist Church in Lichfield, one of my favourites as I don’t think they let dealers in before hand, but not as successful as visits in the past. The pile of the left is mine, the ones of the right are those of my wife, probably a draw this time!

There were a lot of old friends in the boxes, I think some of the Penguins from the 30’s and 40’s were nearly new when they first went out! I ended up buying five paperbacks and one I was really pleased to find was a Jean Plaidy with a signed cover. Usually they are unsigned and attributed to Renato Fratini but this one was signed ‘Raynes’ so another to add to John’s page and I now need to look at the Plaidy titles more carefully.  Louismag
No original PAN artwork this week as I’m still waiting to hear back from the artist himself to see if he has any memories of producing the covers. To compensate I’m showing some artwork by Michael Johnson including one I have for a Coronet title.  Johnson painted five covers for PAN in the ‘Angelique’ series plus a sixth title for Putnam in the States. Why PAN didn’t use the sixth or Putnam the other five I don’t know.

Just added a couple of Piccolo covers by Gavin Rowe whom I mentioned in the last blog. I’m sure he must have done more than two so I’ll keep looking.

  • Sergey says:

    Here is some more illustration by Michael Johnson for PAN books.

    December 23, 2018 at 8:58 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi Sergey, Thanks for the link to your blog. It’s always nice to hear from others who appreciate the artwork on the covers. I’ll certainly have a look at your site and not just the Michael Johnson covers for PAN but the other publishers as well. I didn’t realise how many variations there were on “The Sunbird” I see you have “The Living Reed” as one of Johnson’s but I never found a signature, did I miss one? Cheers, Tim

      December 24, 2018 at 7:57 am
      • Sergey says:

        Hi Tim!

        Thank you for watching by, much appreciated.

        “The Living Reed’ was my guess confirmed by Michael Johnson.

        With best regards,


        December 24, 2018 at 1:30 pm
        • tikitnet says:

          Hi Sergey, Thanks for that, it’s always good to to get confirmation from the artist. I’ve added another cover I got in the post today to go with four other Pearl Buck titles including ‘The Living Reed’ ( I’ve said ‘Mandala’ is by Johnson as it looks so much like his work. I have spoken to Michael before and I might ask him about this and some others in the New Year. Keep in touch, Tim

          December 24, 2018 at 3:17 pm
          • Sergey says:

            Hi Tim,

            You were right, The Reed is not by Johnson. Just double checked with him.
            Thank you very much for this, indeed!

            December 24, 2018 at 4:48 pm

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