The Hidden Fore-Edge Book Paintings







Fore-edged painting is a special art dating as far back as the early 1650’s, where paintings on the edges of books are hidden by gold plating so that the art is visible only at a certain angle. Some especially fancy books have double fore-edge paintings, so that if you flip the book over, you get another scene. Colleen Theisen from the University of Iowa’s  Special Collections & University Archives shared a collection of four books called Autumn by Robert Mudie, as shown above.

Here’s another particularly fine example.



(via Colossal)


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