Artist Michael Whelan recently discovered a preliminary sketch he did for Anne McCaffrey’s seminal Dragonriders of Pern volume The White Dragon. Check it out! It’s not far off from the classic final cover, though you’ll notice that the spine of the book was originally going to have its own tiny white dragon!
You can see this sketch and many more pieces from Whelan’s collection here on Facebook. And read Whelan’s own tribute to McCaffrey for more on the working relationship between the artist and the author.