Paradise Lost
By John Milton
FORE EDGE PAINTED BOOK
Circa:  1816-1817
Inventory #B3260-139f
Paradise Lost, by John Milton,
1816-1817.  

With Fore Edge Painting:
Fore edge painting of Adam and Eve in the
Garden of Eden, at the moment Eve is picking
the apple.
With wonderfully detailed fore edge painting depicting Adam and Eve in
the Garden of Eden.
BINDING:  
Bound in full maroon leather with gold tooling on
front and back boards. Raised bands on spine
with elaborate designs in compartments and gilt
lettering.   Beautifully illustrated at the beginning
of each chapter with light  foxing on illustrated
pages.  Otherwise near fine condition.  

CONDITION:
Near Fine Condition!

Published by John Sharpe, Piccadilly.  

From the collection of Sir Harry Page of
Manchester, England, who was one of the
foremost collectors  of fore edge painted
books.  

Circa: 1816-1817
Price:  $2,100.00
Size:   6.5" High, 4" Deep, 1" Wide
Inventory #B3260-139f
Victorian Era  *SPLIT / DOUBLE*  FORE EDGE PAINTINGS

WHEN YOU OPEN THE TEXT BLOCK OF THE BOOK
DOWN THE MIDDLE, THERE IS A WATERCOLOR PAINTING
ON THE FORE EDGE OF EITHER SIDE OF THE BOOK.
DEPENDING ON WHO YOU ASK, THIS IS SOMETIMES REFERRED
TO AS A DOUBLE FORE EDGE PAINTING,
AND SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS A SPLIT FORE EDGE
PAINTING.  FOR SIMPLICITIES SAKE, I AM REFERRING TO IT AS
A SPLIT / DOUBLE FORE EDGE PAINTING.

WHEN YOU OPEN THE BOOK TO IT'S CENTER, YOU CAN SEE
THE PAINTINGS ON EITHER SIDE.  THEN, BY GENTLY FANNING
THE PAGES, THE PAINTING IS REVEALED IN MORE DETAIL.
WHEN YOU CLOSE THE BOOK, THE PAINTINGS DISAPPEAR.

THE PAINTINGS WERE PAINTED BY FANNING THE PAGES,
AND PAINTING ON THE VERY TIPS OF THE FANNED PAGES.  
THEN, AFTER THE PAINT WAS DRY, THE BOOK WOULD HAVE
BEEN CLOSED AND A GOLD GILDING APPLIED TO THE FORE EDGES.
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