The soldier is not a creation of a graphics designer but is actually an ancient Chinese chess piece dating back about 1000 years.
The author contacted me late last year after seeing the old Chinese chess piece on my website. He asked for permission to use the image on the cover of his new novel to be published by Swallow Press (Ohio University Press) in early 2012.
I was happy to grant permission and provided the high resolution images.
The book has also earned a “starred review” from Publishers Weekly.
It is quite exciting to see a piece from your own collection on the book jacket of a major novel.