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How to Add Your Own Hidden Fore-Edge Painting to Any Book

Looking for some incredible fore-edge painting inspiration? Check out some of the illustrations from the past. They're especially impressive when you move the pages!

Fore-Edge Painting Books

Henry Longfellow from The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Photo: The Swem Library.
Read more: 200-Year-Old Historic Books Reveal Hidden Fore-Edge Paintings

Fore-Edge Painting Books

A two-way double fore-edge painting from The Book of The Thames (1859), slanted one way. Photo: The Swem Library.
Read more: 200-Year-Old Historic Books Reveal Hidden Fore-Edge Paintings

Fore-Edge Painting Books

Spider monkeys from a fore-edge painting on The Natural History of Monkeys (1838). Photo: The Swem Library.
Read more: 200-Year-Old Historic Books Reveal Hidden Fore-Edge Paintings

Fore-Edge Painting Books

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden on side of The Bible (1795). Photo: Albert H. Wiggin Collection/Boston Public Library.
Read more: 200-Year-Old Historic Books Reveal Hidden Fore-Edge Paintings

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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