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Rare Fore-edge Painting Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

Fore edge paintings can be found on edges of book pages that are visible when the page edges face the reader. Fore edge painting is an art form that dates as early as 1650, and there are some books that even feature secret fore edge paintings that can only be seen when the pages are fanned in front of the reader, disappearing as the book is fully closed. Some fore edge paintings are subtle and very simple, while others are colorful and quite detailed. Some special and hard to find books even have double fore edge paintings, where the illustration changes depending on the direction of the pages being fanned. Fore edge paintings also served a utility, as the unique paintings made the book identifiable when the book pages were facing outward.

The Lady of the Lake, Fore-Edge Painted by Scott, Walter

Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1871. 1st Edition.. Hardcover. Near Fine/no dust Jackets. Heading: [Fore-edge Painting] Author: Scott, Walter Title: The Lady of the Lake Place Published: Edinburgh Publisher:Adam and Charles Black Date Published: 187...

From mclinhavenbooks


The Holy Bible, containing the old and new testaments . . . Stereotype edition. by [Fore-Edge Painting] [Bible]

Oxford:: Printed at the Clarendon Press, by Samuel Collingwood, 1822., 1822. 8vo. 1039 pp. Paper lightly browned (causing edge painting to look browned). Original dark brown straight grained morocco elaborately stamped in blind, a.e.g.; neatly rebacked, ...

From Jeff Weber Rare Books



Londini: Impensis J. Johnson et al., 1809. 248 x 146 mm. (9 3/4 x 5 3/4"). 2 p.l., 700 pp.With commentary by Christian Gottlob Heyne. HANDSOME CONTEMPORARY NAVY BLUE STRAIGHT-GRAIN MOROCCO, DENSELY GILT, covers with thick and thin gilt rule border a...

From Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts


Poems by Thomas Hood - With Fore-Edge Paining of an Amputation by Martin Frost, foredge by Hood, Thomas

London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1860. 12th. Leather_bound. Very Good +. London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1860. 12th. Very Good +. Hood, Thomas. Poems by Thomas Hood. London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1860, 12th edition. Textured burnt orange leather w...

From Bay Leaf Used & Rare Books, ABAA


The Book of Common Prayer by Church of England

Oxford: T. Wright and W. Gill, 1767. first thus Edition.. Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. Newberry. Copyright date 1767, first thus edition. Not paginated. With a fine fore-edge painting with a view of Oxford from the North. Period full black paneled cal...

From mclinhavenbooks


Chinese Fore-Edge Painting with scenes from the New Testament [Bible]. by [CHINESE FORE-EDGE PAINTING, Biblical]

Hong Kong,: 1553-1588., 1553. 3 volumes. Tall [6.5x10.5 inches]. 'Hsiao Hs?ch Kan Chu' Vols., 7-8. (Chinese Encyclopedia of Unprofitable Learning]. Written by Wang Ying-Lin (Po Hou) (1223-1275 A.D.). Edited in [the] 32th [sic] year, 36th year of Chia Chi...

From Jeff Weber Rare Books


The Pleasures of Hope, with other poems. A new edition. [with]: Gertrude of Wyoming, and other poems. Ninth edition. by [Fore-Edge Painting] CAMPBELL, Thomas

London:: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1825., 1825. 2 vols. in 1. 12mo. 144; 160 pp. Engraved half-title, engraved plates by C. Heath after drawings by R. Westall. Original full dark green straight-grain gilt-ruled morocco, gilt spine, a....

From Jeff Weber Rare Books


The Complaint; or, Night Thoughts by [Fore-edge Painting] Young, Edward

London: Rivington, 1813. Full straight-grained maroon full morocco binding with five raised bands and gilt lettering on spine, marbled endpapers. Superb traditional style fore-edge painting showing a night rambler and his dog at a moonlit lake alongside ...

From Nudelman Rare Books


Frank Forester's Fish and Fishing of the United States and British Provinces of North America by (Fore-edge) Herbert, Henry William ["Frank Forester"]

London: Richard Bentley, Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1849. First edition. Illustrated. xvi, 445 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. In publisher's presentation pebbled green gilt morocco, with emblematic gilt tooling, a.e.g., a few scuffs to covers. With inscript...

From James Cummins Bookseller



London: Moxon, 1838. hardcover. near fine. Illustrated with numerous in-text engravings. 313 pages. 12mo, beautifully bound in contemporary gilt-decorated burgundy morocco, a.e.g. London: Edward Moxon, 1838. Near fine (both hinges repaired). With a ma...

From Argosy Book Store


[FORE-EDGE PAINTING]. Memoirs of Marmontel by MARMONTEL, Jean-Francois

Edinburgh: Mundell, Doig and Stevenson, 1808. hardcover. fine. 4 volumes. Handsomely bound in contemporary straight grained green morocco with gilt designs on covers & spines, a.e.g. Housed in a red cloth folding box. Edinburgh: Printed for Mundell,...

From Argosy Book Store


Scelta Di Poesie Italiane d" Autori Moderni [Fore-edge Painting] by Buttura, Antonio [1770-1832]

Parigi: Presso Lefevre, 1822. 42mo. Fore-edge painting depicting the leaning tower of Pisa along side the Cathedral. 310pp. vol. 30 only. Text in Italian. Bound in full maroon straight grained morocco, slightly raised bands with title gilt, all edges gi...

From Alcuin Books, ABAA-ILAB


Fore-Edge Painting Of Piccadilly (In) A Philosophical Enquiry Into The Origin Of Our Ideas Of The Sublime And Beautiful. With An Introductory Discourse Concerning Taste, And Several Other Additions by Burke, Edmund

London: Thomas Mclean, 1823. Later Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine. 8 9/16" Tall. Fore-Edge Painting. Nineteenth Century Reprint Of The Second [1759] Edition Burke's Well-Known 1757 Essay Which Many Regard As The Beginning Of Romanticism. Xvi, 2...

From Arroyo Seco Books


Many Thoughts of Many Minds; selections from the writings of the most celebrated authors from the earliest to the present time. Compiled and arranged by Henry Southgate. Fifteenth thousand. by [Fore-edge Painting] SOUTHGATE, Henry

London:: Charles Griffin, 1867., 1867. 8vo. xxxviii, 682 pp. Index to subjects. Original full brown morocco stamped in darker brown, gilt corner devices, four raised bands, a.e.g.; light edge wear, corners showing, some scuffs to outer edges. Early owner...

From Jeff Weber Rare Books


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