Raymond Bertrand (not to be mistaken with the American painter Raymond Clarence Bertrand, though both made erotic art) is a somewhat obscure French illustrator and artist whose work ranges from the pornographic to science fiction. Eric Losfeld published a book a book with art by Bertrand titled Dessins Erotique II (with texte by Hibert Juin) in 1971 and Bertrand did the illustrations ofor the original publications of the erotoc-pornographic Emmanuelle novels. Bertrand is a somewhat elusive and shadowy figure about whom it is hard to find biographical information. Apart from the Editions Opta illustrations for the Anne McCaffrey books work by him can also be found on the covers of several issues of the French science fiction magazines Fiction and Galaxie, published between 1968 and 1975.

Raymond Bertrand did art for the first two volumes in the Dragonriders of Pern trilogy that were published in France as limited, numbered bookclub editions by Editions Opta. They were the first translations. This is art (I have to admit these are scans of the actual items and not scans of the original art) for the front- and endpapers of Dragonflight (Vol du dragon). The dragon doesn't come near a correct interpretation of a Pern dragon but then, the French books aren't exactly noted for that. It is a dragon and a very interesting piece of art at that.

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Each of the two original hardcover bookclub books also held one full page illustration. This is the one that is found in Vol du dragon. When we look at this beautiful piece we might imagine Lessa (naked, but you don't hear me object), but what astounded me more is that Bertrand has got the dragoneye depicted correctly, which can't be a coincidence; he must have read the book. What a pity that all these illustrations were done/printed in duotone (one colour plus black).

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This is the art found on front- and endpapers of the book Dragonquest (Quete du dragon). With a little bit of imagination you could imagine it being a hold, built on a mountainside with a system of caves behind the facade with towers and turrets. A very nice piece of art.

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And this is the illustration that apears in Quete du dragon. It looks like the same woman as in the previous book but if this is meant as a firelizard it must be either Brekke or Kylara. As I can;t imagine Brekke ever being dressed so sexy I am opting for the beautiful and sexy Kylara.

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