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Album for Photographs with Three Fore-Edge Paintings
1 Album for Photographs with Three Fore-Edge Paintings
Full Morocco Very Good 
A highly unusual set of fore-edges. N.d., late nineteenth century. The fore-edge paintings are views of a Swiss chalet, a lakeside scene with two sailboat at rest and rendered loosely in the style of Claude Lorrain, and a view of a lake shore. Each of the paintings is in an oval cameo that is surrounded by bright guaffered edges that contain an elaborate floral design. Since the album leaves are made of thick card, these fore-edges are fully visible when the book is closed tight -- it would be impossible to fan the leaves, and thus impossible to do fore-edge paintings that disappear when a book is shut. Yet the execution of fore-edge paintings on an album of this type had to have been uncommon and thus more than compensates for their mechanical limitations. The binding itself is in the Gothic style, with raised leather banding on the front and back together with a raised center lozenge medaillion. The spine has five raised bands and typical gilt decoration in the compartments. The album is shut firmly with two decorative brass clasps. After a chromolithographic title page with "Album for Photographs" written, the album has 24 leaves, with four slots each on the front and back of each leaf. A little over half of the slots are filled with religious imagery, photos of artwork, much of a religious nature but also including classical statuary, busts of more contemporary subjects, animal portraits, with some concentration on feline images, portraits of a few well-known personages. To most these images lend some period authenticity and charm, but they will be secondary to the fore-edges and the binding. The leather is heavily rubbed along the edges and has scuffs elsewhere. The joints are rubbed. The spine has a crack line down its vertical center. The album is supposed to have four pearl studs on the front and rear boards respectively to balance it and protect the leather below; the front is missing two of these studs and the back, one. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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2 [Fore-edge Painting] Biblia Sacra Sive Testamentum Vetus ab im Tremellio et Fr. Junio ex Hebraeo Latine redditum et Testamentum Novum a Theod. Beza e Graeco in Latinum versum
Amsterdam Johannes Jacob Schipper 1669 Full Calf Very Good 
Fore-edge painting of a tritych with the Madonna and infant Jesus at the center. 12mo. 15.5 by 10 cm. The contemporary calf is somewhat dry and crackled on the spine, with wear elsewhere, but still attractive. Small edge cut-out to a blank prelim page. Light scattered soiling but generally clean bible. The painting is discernible when the book is closed, although not nearly as sharp as when the pages are fanned. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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[Fore-Edge Painting] The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church,  According to the Use of the United Church of England and Ireland; Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, . . .
3 [Fore-Edge Painting] The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the United Church of England and Ireland; Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, . . .
Oxford Clarendon Press. Printer: Samuel Collingwood and Co. 1826 Full Calf Good 
Fore-edge painting of the Thames bank and St. Paul's Cathedral. (The panorama looks slightly like one of Venice, curiously.) 8vo. 21.5 by 14 cm. 368, 118 pp. The full black calf has a blindstamped impression of a Gothic window on the boards, with ruled blindstamped borders, gilt ornamental bands, etc., and elaborate gilt Celtic-inspired motives on the spine between the wide raised bands. The binding remains attractive, although it is obvious that there was a rebacking, with original spine laid on. The fore-edge is moderately faded. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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4 [Fore-edge Painting] The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated Out of the Original Tongues. . . .
Oxford Samuel Collingwood and Co. for the University Press 1836 Full Calf Very Good 
Fore-edge painting of a baroque painting of the Madonna and infant Jesus. 4to. 26 by 17 cm. 1232 pp. Scuffs and rubbing to the full morocco. Dryness to the spine. Clean within. 
Price: 700.00 USD
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5 [Fore-edge Painting] The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated Out of the Original Tongues. . . . (Two volumes in one)
London George Eyre and Andrew Strahan. Sold by Longman Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown 1820 Full Morocco Very Good 
Two vertical fore-edge religious paintings, one of the Madonna and infant Jesus, the other, an impaled Jesus. 12mo. 14 by 9 cm. 1119, 343 pp. Rubbing of joints and heavy wear of spine in particular. Blindstamped full morocco, with gilt decoration, still handsome. Light occasional foxing within. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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6 Bell, Robert, ed. [Fore-edge Painting] Golden Leaves from the Works of the Poets and Painters
London Griffin, Bohn & Co. 1863 Full Calf Very Good 
Fore-edge painting of a baroque era painting of musicians. 8vo. 23 by 17 cm. Decorative gilt foliage decoration on front cover, with some blindstamping to the morocco. Rubbing of the leather, especially the raised spine bands. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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7 Besant, Walter [Fore-edge Painting] South London A New Edition with an Etching by Francis S. Walker, R.E. and 119 Illustrations
London Chatto & Windus 1901 Full Morocco Very Good 
Fore-edge painting of Monkey Island, by Windsor, and Tample Island, Henley-on-Thames. (One image above the other.) 8vo. 22 by 15 cm. xii, 331 pp. Gilt decoration of a tower on front board. Some rubbing to the leather. Light occasional foxing within. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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[Fore-edge Painting] A Complete Dictionary of Music. To Which is Prefixed A Familiar Introduction to the First Principles of that Science. With Additions and Improvements., Busby, Thomas
8 Busby, Thomas [Fore-edge Painting] A Complete Dictionary of Music. To Which is Prefixed A Familiar Introduction to the First Principles of that Science. With Additions and Improvements.
London Richard Phillips 1806 Second edition Full Straight Grained Morocco, Gilt Border Decorat Very Good 
Funny dirty fore-edge painting of a Dr. Syntax type playing the violin while screwing a maid! The fore-edge surprise thus relates to the contents of the book. 12mo. 16 by 10 cm. Unpaginated. The fore-edge is unsigned, but it is well done -- one would not suspect that there is a painting when the book is closed. All edges are gilt. The binding itself has light wear but is a striking, handsome period binding. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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[Fore-Edge Painting] De Officiis ad Marcum Filium, Cicero, M. Tulius
9 Cicero, M. Tulius [Fore-Edge Painting] De Officiis ad Marcum Filium
Paris (Lutetiae) Jos. Barbou 1773 Full Morocco Fine 
Extraordinary, detailed fore-edge painting of Roman ruins on a near miniature volume. [iv], 346, [2] pp. Engraved frontispiece by N. Le Mire after J. M. Moreau. The volume size is a mere 90 by 66 mm -- few are the fore-edge paintings on such a slim, diminutive volume, and for good reason, as the small size adds to the technical challenge of creating such a painting, let alone, a painting that shows any detail. Here the painting has an obvious tie-in to the contents of the book, which is a nice feature that doesn't apply to the majority of fore-edge paintings. Other virtues of this particular volume are the beauty of the full red morocco binding, with its triple gilt ruled border, simple gilt spine decoration and gilt dentelles, and the beauty of the book itself, which no less than Spielmann deemed "A very important eighteenth century miniature book, printed with the type of Pierre Simon Fournier (1712-68), one of the great French letterfounders . . . " Spielmann 94. Also Welsh 1896. 
Price: 2250.00 USD
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10 Dowden, Edward [Fore-edge Painting] Shakespere: A Critical Study of His Mind and Art
London Kegan Paul, Trench & Co. 1886 Eighth Edition Full Calf Very Good Minus 
Fore-edge painting of Anne Hathaway's cottage, and thus a fore-edge germane to the book's content. 8vo. 20 by 13 cm. xvii, [2], 434 pp. Moderate to heavy wear of full calf binding. Possible minor loss of lower part of fore-edge image. Clean within. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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11 Falconer, William. Painting by Alfred Carter Needham. [Fore-Edge Painting] The Shipwreck; and Other Poems
Chiswick -- London C. Whittingham 1821 Full Calf Very Good Minus 
Fore-edge painting of a square rig vessel and ancillary rowboats at sunrise by A. C. Needham. 12mo. 13 by 8 cm. Needham (1872-1952) was an American painter based in Boston and Manchester, Massachusetts known for his marine paintings and proficient in miniatures. Supposedly he was self-taught, at least in fore-edge painting technique, and he was believed to have executed between 35 and 40 fore-edge paintings. In an article he wrote about his artwork, he had a preference for painting things that had a close relationship to the subject of the book, as is the case with this fore-edge painting. See Weber, Annotated Dictionary of Fore-Edge Painting Artists & Binders p. 213. Blindstamping on green calf covers. Gilt work in corners of board and on spine. Rubbed joints and edges. Scattered foxing within 
Price: 450.00 USD
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12 Gilman, Arthur, ed. [Fore-edge Painting] Magna Charta Stories A New Edition with an Etching by Francis S. Walker, R.E. and 119 Illustrations
London Blackie & Son Full Calf Very Good 
Fore-edge painting of a frieze of seraphs in a harvest celebration, and more specifically, celebrating the vine. N.d., circa 1900. 8vo. 17 by 12 cm. 192 pp. School prize, with certificate pasted onto FFEP. Moderate wear to the binding. 
Price: 485.00 USD
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13 Goldsmith, Oliver [Fore-edge Painting] The Traveller, The Deserted Village, and Other Poems
London John Sharpe 1822 Full Calf Very Good 
Fore-edge painting of a picturesque English village, suitable for the contents of this slim volume. 8vo. 12 by 8 cm. 154 pp. The painting is slightly faded. Light to moderate wear of the binding and the book proper. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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[Fore-Edge Paintings] Knickerbocker's History of New York:  A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty . . ., Irving, Washington (Diedrich Knickerbocker).  Illustrations by Darley and others
14 Irving, Washington (Diedrich Knickerbocker). Illustrations by Darley and others [Fore-Edge Paintings] Knickerbocker's History of New York: A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty . . .
New York R. H. Russell 1903 Full Morocco Very Good 
Horizontal split fore-edge paintings, one of New York harbor, the other, a Colonial era street scene, 8vo. 22 by 16 cm. 472 pp. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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15 Locke, John and Rober Boyle, respectively [Fore-Edge Painting] The Conduct of the Understanding [together with] Occasional Reflections (Two Volumes in One)
London John Sharpe 1820 Full Morocco Very Good Minus 
A fore-edge painting of a town square or common, rendered with meticulous detail. 12mo. 13 by 8.5 cm. Two engraved title pages. 155, 155 pp. Full straight grained green morocco. Heavy rubbing along the joints, and less so, along the edges. Sunning, and browning, of spine. Scattered foxing. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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16 Milton, John. Life by A. Chalmers [Fore-edge Painting] The Poetical Works of John Milton. Printed from the Original Editions with a Life of the Author by A. Chalmers A New Edition with an Etching by Francis S. Walker, R.E. and 119 Illustrations
London Bickers and Son Full Morocco Very Good 
Elaborate fore-edge painting with a medallion portrait of Milton flanked by view of his residence at Chalfont and of St. Giles Church Cripplegate wherein lies his tomb. N.d., circa 1870s. 8vo. 22 by 15 cm. xxxi, 687 pp. Lovely full red morocco binding by Bickers, with gilt decoration on the spine and board corners. Rubbing to the spine extremities and light wear to the binding elsewhere. Clean and tight. 
Price: 900.00 USD
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17 Moultrie, John [Double Fore-edge Painting] Poems
London William Pickering 1837 Full Morocco Very Good 
A double fore-edge painting, featuring Windsor Castle from the Thames and Eton College from the North Terrace of Windsor. 8vo. 16 by 10 cm, 6.5 by 4 inches. 357 pp. Gilt decoration on boards featuring a six lobed pattern with fleur-dy-lys highlights. Gilt turn-in borders. The leather is soiled and rubbed but still reasonably attractive. The fore-edge paintings are done properly, with no trace of the artwork when the pages are not fanned. 
Price: 1350.00 USD
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18 Scott, Sir Walter [Fore-edge Painting] Poems by Sir Walter Scott, with illustrations by Keeley Halswelle
Edinburgh and London William P. Nimmo; Frederick Warne & Co. Full Morocco Very Good 
Fore-edge painting of a castle and gatehouse, evocative of the setting of many a Scott novel or poem. Initialed, it would appear, "JL". N.d., circa mid-19th century, with contemporary full red morocco binding. 8vo. 18 by 12 cm. xvi, 665 pp. Light rubbing of joints and wear besides. Clean within. 
Price: 675.00 USD
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19 Slight, Henry Spencer [Fore-edge Painting] Talmon and Hadassah: A Tale of The First Captivity and Destruction of Jerusalem, Illustrative of God's Judgments on National Sin. Also, a Metrical Version of the Lamentations of Jeremiah
London Joseph Masters 1848 First edition Full Calf Very Good 
Fore-edge painting of the Holy Land, appropriate for the subject of the book. 8vo. 16 by 11 cm. xii, 439 pp. Rubbing and wear to the school award full calf binding. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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20 Thomson, James; James Beattie; Robert Bloomfield; Hannah More; Charlotte Smith; William Hayley, and William Falconer, respectively [Fore-Edge Painting] The Seasons; The Minstrel, and Other Poems; The Farmer's Boy; Sacred Dramas, The Search after Happiness, and Other Poems; Sonnets, and Other Poems; Triumphs Temper; and The Shipwreck (Six Volumes in Three, a Matching Set)
London Jones & Co. 1824-1826 Full Morocco Very Good Minus 
Fine fore-edge paintings in near miniature volumes! Paintings depict a fox hunt and two village scenes, one by a river front and bridge, the other by a commons. 16mo., 9.5 by 5. 5 cm. Each title has engraved frontis. Matching blindstamped and gilt dark green full morocco bindings. Heavily rubbed along joints, and other wear. Scattered foxing within. Fore-edge paintings crisp and bright. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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