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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 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



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).<br/>&…

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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…

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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.…

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Poems By Thomas Hood. Sixth Edition. [With Fore-Edge Painting Of A Fencing Lesson] by Hood, Thomas

London: Edward Moxon, 1853. 5th or later Edition . Hardcover. Fine. Frontispiece. X, 388 Pp. Full Morocco, Elaborately Gilt Spine, Covers, And Turns; All Edges Gilt; Yellow Endpapers. 19Th Century Blindstamp Of John Mylrea, Bookseller, Douglas. Previous…

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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



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 and l…

From Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts


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


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…

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Poems. by [Fore-edge Painting] ROGERS, Samuel (1863-1855)

London:: Printed for T. Cadell; and E. Moxon, 1834., 1834. 8vo. vii, 284 pp. Engravings throughout. Bound ca. 1890/1905 in full olive brown crushed morocco, gilt corner decorations, dentelles, a.e.g., marbled endleaves. Bookplates of Alfred Trapnell and …

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The Royal Kalendar (Calendar), And Court And City Register For England, Scotland, Ireland And The Colonies, For The Year 1887. Containing A Correct List Of The Twenty-Fourth Imperial Parliament, Summoned To Meet For Their First Session, August 5, 1886 [With Fore-Edge Painting Of Windsor Castle]

London: W H Allen & Co, 1887. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine. Fore-Edge Painting Of Windsor Castle. Prelims, 606, Ci (Including The Supplemental Index Issued At Additional Cost). Royal Binding Of Full Red Crushed Morocco, Five Bands, Large "…

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Abraham Lincoln. by [Fore-edge Painting. Signed] [Miss C. B. CURRIE] CHARNWOOD, Godfrey Benson, 1st Baron [Lord] (1864-1945)

London:: Constable & Company, Ltd., 1916., 1916. Series: Makers of the nineteenth century, edited by Basil Williams. Crown 8vo. viii, 479, [1] pp. Frontispiece portrait of Abraham Lincoln (at Springfield), index, large folding map. Specially bound for So…

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[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,…

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[Fore-edge Painting] THE WORKS OF ALFRED TENNYSON, vol. XII: QUEEN MARY by Tennyson, Alfred

London: Henry S. King and Co., 1877. An attractive early printing of this Tennyson verse play that is bound in full red leather, with all edges gilt. But the highlight of this book is a superb ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR FORE-EDGE PAINTING which depicts boats on…

From Tennyson Williams, Books and Fine Art


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