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Lovely Hidden Paintings Adorned the Edges of Historic Books

Spider monkeys from a fore-edge painting on The Natural History of Monkeys (1838). (Photo: Courtesy of The Swem Library) While you don’t see them very often these days, fore-edge paintings were once some of the loveliest book illustrations around. Literally, they were around the edges of the book. A fore-edge painting refers to an image painted or drawn on the closed leaves of a book.
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