Fore-edge paintings are decorative images applied to the fore-edge of a book, meaning the fourth edge (not the top or bottom edge and not the spine but the outside (long) edge of the pages used by the reader to thumb through the book), so that the painting is not visible when the book is closed. In order to view the image, the pages must be fanned to reveal it. Watch a vidoe here via Boston Public Library.

Other sources to explore: The Frost Archive, Hofstra Library, and laughingsquid.

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