Jan 21, 2014

Some old books have hidden illustrations on the edge of their pages (9 Pics)

By on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It’s very possible that one of your battered old books contains an amazing secret called a “fore-edge painting,” which is an illustration that is hidden on the edge of the pages of the book. The technique allegedly dates back to the 1650s.
You can see the painting by bending together the pages of the book, just so you can see a small piece of each page.

So much time and dedication was put into this, the results speak for themselves.

There are even books that have double fore-edge paintings, where a different image can be seen by flipping the book over and fanning the pages in the opposite direction.

No matter why people originally painted the edge of their books, now these tiny works of art are being sold for hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars.

Here’s one of the best illustrations made using the same technique. A well-placed easter egg no doubt.


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