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[Fore-edge Painting] Guillaume Tell, ou, La Suisse Libre.   Et Éliezer et Nefhthali, Florian [Jean-Pierre Claris de]
1 Florian [Jean-Pierre Claris de] [Fore-edge Painting] Guillaume Tell, ou, La Suisse Libre. Et Éliezer et Nefhthali
London Chez Whittaker & Co. 1838 Full Morocco Very Good 
A fore-edge painting on a near miniature, and very thin, book. The fore-edge painting is of the Château de Jarnac, which is close to Paris. 16mo. 13 by 8 cm. 148 pp. The painting is a panorama of the chateau, a pretty stone bridge leading up to it and the surrounding parkland. Some of the detail of the painting is assuredly lost as it has faded over time and with use, but the painting nonetheless retains a fairly impressive level of detail given the thin text block the artist had to work with, and we would say that a fore-edge on such a thin volume qualifies as quite the novelty. The binding itself is a lovely full brown morocco with gilt swirly decoration and an armorial centerpiece. The binding is rubbed along the joints and has other indicia of moderate wear. There is a chunky chip from the FEP (large in relation to the book's size). This endpaper nonetheless is worth retaining since it bears the calligraphic inscription made when the book was awarded as a school or academic prize. 
Price: 675.00 USD
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[Fore-Edge Paintings] The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (Two Volumes), Irving, Washington
2 Irving, Washington [Fore-Edge Paintings] The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (Two Volumes)
London John Murray 1822 Full Calf Very Good 
Nineteenth century, well-executed fore-edge paintings of Harvard Yard and of the New Haven Green, adjacent then and now to the Yale campus. 8vo. 22 by 13.5 cm. vii, 370, [6], 393, [1] pp. Also an early printing of "The Sketch Book", which had appeared serially in 1819 and 1820, while Irving was in fact living in London. Bound in contemporary gilt-tooled blue calf. Rubbing along joints. Minor fading to paintings. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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[Fore-Edge Painting] The Poetical Works of William Shenstone.  In Two Volumes.  Collated with the Best Editions. (Two volumes bound in one), Shenstone, William.  Thomas Parks, editor.
3 Shenstone, William. Thomas Parks, editor. [Fore-Edge Painting] The Poetical Works of William Shenstone. In Two Volumes. Collated with the Best Editions. (Two volumes bound in one)
London Suttaby, Evance, and Fox, etc. Stanhope Press, printer. 1812 Full Straight-grained Morocco. Cloth slipcase Near Fine 
Near miniature book with lovely fore-edge of a bridge and river panorama. 32mo. 12.5 by 8 cm. Two copper engraved plates for frontises. The fore-edge painting is somewhat darkened, but remains evocatively appealing. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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