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Unique 19th Century Books’ Fore-Edge Paintings

 

There is an entire collection hid in the University of Iowa archives. The first fore-edge painting was created in 1650s, the idea was to hide a painting on the edge of a book, which can be seen only when all pages are together and a book is closed.

The below is listed four seasons’ special collection that was donated by Charlotte Smith to the University of Iowa.

Autumn by Robert Mudie

Autumn by Robert Mudie

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Autumn by Robert Mudie

 

Winter by Robert Mudie

Winter by Robert Mudie

Winter by Robert Mudie

Winter by Robert Mudie

Winter by Robert Mudie

Winter by Robert Mudie

Spring by Robert Mudie

Spring by Robert Mudie

Summer by Robert Mudie

Summer by Robert Mudie

Summer by Robert Mudie

Summer by Robert Mudie