30 Secret Works of Art Found on the Edges of Books

A technique of painting on the edges of a book’s pages is known as fore-edge paintings. It is a type of secret or hidden artwork used for beautification and you can only see this amazing work of art when the pages are fanned out. University of Iowa recently shared a gif showing an amazing work of art called fore-edge painting hidden on the side of a book from 1837 by Robert Mudie.

Today we have put together a selection of books featuring fore-edge paintings which can only be seen by fanning the pages in the opposite direction. We hope you will enjoy this collection.

Autumn by Robert Mudie 

Autumn by Robert Mudie

Autumn by Robert Mudie

Speeches of Henry Lord Brougham, 
A view of Philadelphia showing the Delaware

A view of Philadelphia showing the Delaware

Analysis of the Game of Chess, 1790

Analysis of the Game of Chess, 1790

Spring by Robert Mudie

Spring by Robert Mudie

Spring by Robert Mudie

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

George Washington and Benjamin Franklin

The complete angler of Isaak Walton and Charles Cotton

The complete angler of Isaak Walton and Charles Cotton

The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible

The rod and the gun, 1841
by James Wilson

The rod and the gun, 1841

Jerusalem delivered (Torquato Tasso)

Jerusalem delivered

Summer by Robert Mudie

Summer by Robert Mudie

Summer by Robert Mudie

Lalla Rookh, 1818

Lalla Rookh, 1818

Latin and Italian poems of Milton, 1808

Latin and Italian poems of Milton



Letters of Lady Rachel Russell, 1801
by J. Mawman

Letters of Lady Rachel Russell, 1801

Oberon, 1798
by William Sotheby

Oberon, 1798

Old Wych Street, London

Old Wych Street, London



Painting of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Painting of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Paradise Lost, 1876
by John Milton

Paradise Lost, 1876

Poems by the late William Cowper
A View of Olney

Poems by the late William Cowper

The Education of Henry Adams, 1918
by Henry Adams

The Education of Henry Adams

Winter by Robert Mudie 

Winter by Robert Mudie







The lay of the last minstrel, 1823
View of Kelso, Scotland


The People Of Orleans Greet Joan Of Arc

The People Of Orleans Greet Joan Of Arc

The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, 1863

The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope

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

The poetical works of Thomas Moore

The world before the flood, 1819
by James Montgomery

The world before the flood



Source: UispeccollTwistedSifter

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