Hidden Artworks Painted on the Edges of Books

Apparently, fore-edge paintings first arose during the European Middle Ages but came to prominence during the mid-17th century to the late 19th century.

Here are a few of the most interesting of this niche form of art.

The Holy Bible
Split fore-edge painting

Letters of Lady Rachel Russell, 1801
by J. Mawman

Characteristics of women, moral, political, and historical,
by Anna Jameson
Painting of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Poems by the late William Cowper, Esq., 
by William Cowper

The speeches of the right honorable William Pitt,
by William Pitt
George Washington and Benjamin Franklin

The poetical works of Thomas Moore, 1865
by Thomas Moore
View Of Enniscorthy, England

The rambler,
by Samuel Johnson
Old Wych Street, London

The Holy Bible, 1811
St Paul’s Cathedral

Paradise Lost, 1876
by John Milton
Milton Triptych

The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, 1863
by Alexander Pope

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