The Poems of William Wordsworth
Split / Double Fore Edge Book
Circa:  1847
Inventory #B3350-159L
The Poems of William Wordsworth, 1847.  

With split (double) Fore Edge Paintings.
Depicting scenic views with cameo portrait
insets.  

BINDING:  
Bound in full red leather with fanciful gold tooled  
borders on the front and back boards.  
Raised bands on spine with  intricate gilt
decorations in compartments and gilt lettering.  
Dentelle edging around the inside of covers.   

CONDITION:  Fine condition!  

Published by Edward Moxon, Dover St. London.  

Printed by Bradbury and Evans, Whitefriars.   

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

Circa:  1847
Price:   $3,200.00
Size:  9.5" High, 6.75" Wide, 1.75" Deep
Inventory #B3350-159L
Fore Edge Painting
Fore Edge Painting
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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