Fortunino Matania (biography)Medium:
Lithograph print on PaperSize:
5" x 7" (130mm x 180mm)Date:
1955This is a print.
These are 10 publisher proof prints of paperback covers. All are paintings commissioned by Panther Books in the 1950s. These rare proofs are all from Matania's personal archive.
The 10 novels are Those About to Die by Daniel P Mannix, The Book of 1001 Nights by Sir Richard Burton, Boswell's Life of Johnson, The Devil Outside by John Howard Griffin, Woman of Egypt by Kevin Matthews, If I Forget Thee by Robert S de Ropp, A Fox Under my Cloak by Henry Williamson, The Galileans by Frank G Slaughter (2 versions) Harlot's House by EG Cousins.
These rare proofs are all from Matania's personal archive. Sadly the original art for these has not survived.
Reproduced on pages 228 and 229 of Drawing From History: The Forgotten Art of Fortunino Matania.Click for larger image ...
The Thousand And One Nights
Boswell's Life of Johnson
The Devil Rides Outside
Woman of Egypt
If I Forget Thee
A Fox Under My Cloak