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Obscure sci-fi illustration book showing speculative alien life forms on other worlds

I believe this is the 1979 Galactic Encounters series artbook Aliens in Space: An Illustrated Guide to the Inhabited Galaxy by Stewart Cowley (writing as Stephen Caldwell). The cover art actually ...
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Anthology that contains illustrations for some Arthur C. Clarke short stories

A British boy's magazine called Speed & Power. It featured quite a few Arthur C. Clarke short stories, illustrated by Mike Whittlesea and other artists. Some of the illustrations can be found here ...
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Gutsworld - a Graphic Novel about a Puritan, Victorian-Era Society trapped in a Whale-like Creature

This is Gutsville According to the Wikipedia description: In 1846 an English ship called the Daphne heads out to reach Australia. The ship never makes it, as it, and all of its passengers (...
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Book Identification- Children's puzzle book about a rescue from alien abduction

I believe the book you remember was, in fact, The Intergalatic Bus Trip, part of the Usborne Puzzle Adventures series. This is about the only book in that series I hadn't read. Here's the page ...
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Children's picture book about a king destroying his kingdom trying to dig up a gigantic precious stone

The Lost Kingdom of Karnica by Richard Kennedy. Illustrated by Uri Shulevitz. There is a Kirkus review of the book here. The summary they give is: A parable of greed, a conservationist allegory, but ...
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Obscure sci-fi illustration book showing speculative alien life forms on other worlds

I think this may have been the wonderful Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials. It does not contain an alien exactly like what you describe, although it contains two different quadrupeds which, taken ...
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A collection of stories of witches

Oh my gosh, I actually found it: The Big Book of Witches. Discover a world reigned over by 13 of countless WITCHES featured in history, legends and fairy tales. It is an kingdom of evil, of darkness, ...
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Why is Bilbo's door and Hobbit house so incredibly oversized in Tolkien's own final illustration in The Hobbit?

The door does seem rather large here. A few possible explanations: While not necessarily needing to be large enough to accommodate larger beings, it would need to be large enough to accommodate any ...
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Robot Illustrated Novel about a Man and Talking Ape in Robot World

This would seem to be Robota, a 2003 illustrated novel by Orson Scott Card with illustrations by Doug Chaing. There is a picture of the cover that matches the OP's recollection very closely. Robota ...
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Children's/YA book where twins are separated at birth in order to save one from eugenics empire?

The books being asked about are part of the Zaanan series by me, Al Bohl. My name is Al Bohl. I wrote and illustrated the four Zaanan books which are presently available through Amazon.com. The idea ...
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Which Jean Giraud book is containing those organic wall Moebius textures?

These two paintings appear to be from his art book Quatre-vingt huit (1990), if that's what you're asking. I'm not sure this is on-topic, though, it doesn't seem to have any obvious SF content.
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An illustrated book of short science fiction stories I read as a kid in the late 80s, early 90s

I focused on the second story are more likely to be able to be found--and I'd heard of a similar story at least. A bit of searching turned up "The Trouble with Paradise" by Alan A. Grant. ...
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Late 70's/early 80's LP vinyl book. Other worldly illustrations of people, landscapes, and character sets. I think the music was classical-like

It was "The Pentateuch Of The Cosmogony" (1979), as answered by Cassfrank! Much appreciated. Discogs says: A hardback book and double vinyl album released in 1979, conceived, written and ...
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Children's/YA book where twins are separated at birth in order to save one from eugenics empire?

The books are the Zaanan series by Al Bohl. The series is part of the Young Reader's Christian Library published by Barbour Publishing. There appear to be four books: Zaanan: The Fatal Limit Zaanan:...
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Book about a child who goes on an adventure with a witch

After a long search, I think I found it: Lizzie Dripping by Helen Cresswell. No-one in the village believes that Lizzie's seen a witch! But Lizzie doesn't care because she knows that in all Little ...
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Did John Bellairs tailor his stories to fit Edward Gorey's illustrations?

Answering my own query: It's not quite a definitive answer to the question, as I asked it, but I found this article, covering the subject of Gorey's illustrations for Bellairs' stories. The key ...
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Short Story collection about monsters

I found it! The specifically named "Monster Stories", 2002, compiled by Andy Charman. Did indeed involve cooking, and a marathon, and has a story called Two heads are worse than one (I was close!)
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60s (or earlier) children's picture book about a flower-eating bird

The book is Phillip the Flower-Eating Phoenix, by John Todaro and B. Ellen, published by Abelard Schuman in 1961. The colorful illustrations seem to be made of paper cutouts like those Matisse used. I ...
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70s illustrated children's book about a witch who lives in the attic of an old house purchased by a single mother

Possibly Old Black Witch by Wende and Harry Devlin, as per this answer about the TV adaptation. A boy called Nicky and his mother are looking for a new place to live somewhere in New England. The ...
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Why is Bilbo's door and Hobbit house so incredibly oversized in Tolkien's own final illustration in The Hobbit?

Tolkien seems to have not commented on it. In J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator, Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull discuss this drawing, and note the proportion problems, but also note that ...
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Novel that is about robots fighting humans and dinosaurs

Is it the book Robota? An elaborate study in world-building that traces a human's journey through a preindustrial civilization, Robota explores the relationship between nature and technology. The ...
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Kid's book about a robot called RUOK

Tales of The Astro Force, by J. C. Egan (2007) Tagline: "Take a fantastic journey to the outer reaches of the unknown as the crew of the intrepid Astro Force One embarks on their most perilous ...
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Story ID Fantasy Series with Diagrams in Book

Main character of a young boy, semi-scientific exploration of fairies and goblins, at least 7 books, sounds like the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. A teenage genius, Artemis captures Holly ...
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Collection of Illustrated Horror Stories

Could it have been Mostly Ghostly by Steve Zorn? It's a collection of classic horror tales adapted for children, and it does include an illustrated version of The Upper Berth. It also contains Ambrose ...
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A version of "The butterfly that Stamped" illustrated with a picture of the Taj Mahal

This sounds, O Best Beloved, like an edition with Kipling's original illustrations. As well as other black-and white pictures, there was always a full-page illustration after the end of each story, ...
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A version of "The butterfly that Stamped" illustrated with a picture of the Taj Mahal

Is this the image that you recall? It's the colour plate by Joseph Michael Gleeson added to the 1912 edition, which you can view at the Hathi Trust. The story (viewable at the link) also included 2 ...
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Are there any instances where the illustrations in the Illustrated Harry Potter contradict known book canon?

Update: I misunderstood the question. (I did not realize it was supposed to be about the illustrated editions, specifically.) However, I am leaving this answer for posterity. The covers of the ...
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1970s/1980s illustrated hardback book in the style of John Berkey, ends with battle between protagonist and aliens

Sounds like "The Space Warriors" which I had at the time. Very similar to the Terran Trade Authority books, but had stories connected by the main characters (Boots Walker and his sidekick Rory). Like ...
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