Hibberd Van Buren Kline was an illustrator, etcher and painter. He was a member of the Salamagundi Club and American Federation of the Arts, and a professor at Syracuse University. Kline created book illustrations, posters, and contributed to national magazines. Among his book illustrations were those for A Geography of Man by noted geographer Preston E. James, first published in 1949, and reissued several times. His works are in the collection of the Library of Congress.