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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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3 [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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4 [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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5 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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6 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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7 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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8 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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[Fore-edge Painting] Guillaume Tell, ou, La Suisse Libre.   Et Éliezer et Nefhthali, Florian [Jean-Pierre Claris de]
9 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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10 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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11 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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12 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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[Double Fore-Edge Painting] The Poetical Works of John Milton Printed from the Original Editions With a Life of the Author by A. Chalmers, Milton, John
13 Milton, John [Double Fore-Edge Painting] The Poetical Works of John Milton Printed from the Original Editions With a Life of the Author by A. Chalmers
London Bickers & Son 1851 Full Morocco Very Good 
Unusual double fore-edge, with four roundel paintings depicting angels and scenes from the Garden of Eden and the Fall of Man, and thus germane to "Paradise Lost", contained within. 8vo. 22 by 14.5 cm. [ii], xxxi, [1], 1-270, [6], 271-687, [1] pp. The oval roundels are surrounded by a moire-like striping of purple to yellow gold that sets off the paintings wonderfully as well as complementing the marble endpapers. The paintings have a Baroque period quality, with some of the lineaments we might associate with Blake. Although unsigned, the paintings are of outstanding quality among fore-edge paintings, in our judgment. The binding itself was done by Bickers, the publisher, and is a typical mid-Victorian modestly decorative full morocco binding, with a gilt centerpiece, corner gilt decoration, raised bands, etc. Condition: binding rubbed along joints, raised bands and spine extremities but remains structurally sound and overall handsome. Light foxing of early and last pages. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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14 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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15 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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16 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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[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.
17 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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18 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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19 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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