The Poetical Works of John Milton
Double Fore Edge Painted Book
Dated:  1862
Inventory #B3350-159h
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THE POETICAL WORKS OFJOHN MILTON, 1862
Double Fore Edge Painted Book

Edited By: Sir Egerton Brydges, Bart.

Illustrated With Engravings From Drawings By J. M. W. TURNER,R.A.

A New Edition Published by: William Tegg, LONDON, MDCCCLXII (1862)
Printed at the University Press  By: M. H Gill  DUBLIN (IRELAND)

Signed Binding: Rivington's, Waterloo Place

With Victorian era split (double) fore edge watercolor paintings!
LANDSCAPES:  Depicting people rowing boats on a lake, and a large
sprawling castle in the background.  And people on the banks of a
flowing body of water, with a large sprawling castle in the background.

PROVINANCE:
From the estate of Sir Harry Page, Manchester, England.
"One of The foremost collectors of Victorian era fore  edge painted books."

BINDING:  FINE SIGNED LEATHER BINDING!
Bound in a fine, green Moroccan full leather binding.  With double ruled
blind tooled borders on boards.  Gilt design in center of front board,
with the words  "CHRIST'S HOSPITAL".  Raised bands on spine, and
title in gold lettering.  Beautiful dentelle gilt design on inside edge
of boards, and marbled end papers. All edges Gilt!

CONDITION:  FINE CONDITION!!!
Binding is tight and secure, with NO weakness!  Spine is securely
attached to boards, hinges are tight!A few Very faint rub marks, very
difficult to see!  A few Minor dents on edges of boards, and 1 faint
scratch on back board. No loss of color or leather!  All pages of text
Bright & Clean.  Note: Endpapers, title page, & engraving pages, as well
as the pages facing the engravings, have some faint discolorations.
Marbled endpaper at front of book is slightly "off set".

Please look at all 40 pictures!!!!!  They are an accurate depiction of
how minor the so called flaws really are!

DEFINITION:  
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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