Cornell University has a number of books in their collection that employ the fore-edge painting technique. This is a labor intensive process in an artist spends a copious amount of time painting the edges of a book. In order to view the painting, the leaves of the book must be fanned, exposing the edges of the pages and thereby the painting.
None of the fore-edged books are on display at the Cornell library and it remains to be seen if they will ever do an official exhibit. They only have eight titles in total, which is fairly paltry. The largest collection in the United States is at the The College of William and Mary’s Earl Gregg Swem Library, which has a staggering 709 different books available.
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