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  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Fore-Edge Paintings 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Fore-Edge Paintings
    Published since 03 May 2013

    Discovering a fore-edge painting is always a pleasant surprise. When I first started my bookselling apprenticeship, it was one of the first things I was told to look out for (along with interesting bookplates, and ephemera tucked into the books). If you have not come across fore-edge paintings, let me first explain what they are.

  • [+] More A Collector’s Primer to the Wonders of Fore-edge Painting 


    Published since 06 Dec 2009

    One of the most unusual types of book decoration is fore-edge paintings. These are books which have one or more of the top, fore or bottom edge painted – usually with watercolors. The typical form is a book with a single fanned fore-edge painting. In the twentieth century other forms have developed, including the double fore-edge or even the remarkable six-way painting where all three sides of the book have a double.

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