Books on Books: The Painted Version

Talk about a book on books!

Can anyone help identify the piece? There are some mentions that it is by John Martin and is called “Hombre Leyendo en una Librería” (Man reading in a library) but I have been unable to confirm.

Case resolved -Image is by John Martin, Man reading in a library – Thanks Charles

Cover illustration for the 1993 French Edition of Gerard Bessette’s Le libraire . Originally published in 1960 (translated as Not for Every Eye)

The book painting brings to mind the work of  Mike Stilkey whose latest commission was this piece for the flagship store of Hong Kong luxury retail giant Joyce.

Previously on book patrol:
Pop Surrealism Meets the Book
The Book Painting of Mike Stilkey