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What happens when rare books and Colleen Theisen come together under one roof?

Hidden fore-edge paintings are discovered in rare books. I know you're like WHAT? after reading this but believe me it's true. Recently Theisen shared a gif she made, that is one fine example of fore-edge painting.

Theisen is a Special Collections Librarian at the at the Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa who recently discovered fore-edge painting on some 19th century books.

For those who don't know what fore-edge painting is all about - Fore-edge paintings are believed to date back as early as the 1650s. It was a way of hiding a painting on the edge of a book so that it can only be seen when either the pages are fanned out or the book is closed.

It was later discovered that 'Autumn' was just one of Mudie's book that Theisen discovered fore-edge painted, she later discovered that the entire season series by Mudie - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter (These 19th century books were donated to the University of Iowa by Charlotte Smith) was fore-edge painted. These paintings only appear when the pages are slightly fanned out.

Checkout the images of the book and the gifs below -

Spring by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Spring by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Summer by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa
Summer by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa
Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa
Winter by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa
Winter by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa
Well, one thing for sure these hidden paintings are just amazing. Make sure to follow the university's Tumblr blog.

Share your thoughts about these fore-edge paintings in the comment section below.

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2 Responses to 'Hidden Fore-Edge Paintings Found In The 19th Century Books'

  1. Colleen Said,
    http://www.e-junkie.info/2013/09/Hidden-Fore-Edge-Paintings-Found-In-The-19th-Century-Books.html?showComment=1378645093606#c3689478253011238699'> September 8, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    Wow, thanks for writing about our fore-edge paintings. Just a clarification, I didn't paint them, that was done sometime in the 19th century by an unknown painter. I just made the gifs :) -Colleen

     

  2. Ejunkieblog Said,
    http://www.e-junkie.info/2013/09/Hidden-Fore-Edge-Paintings-Found-In-The-19th-Century-Books.html?showComment=1378713109415#c2889252252192950518'> September 9, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Thanks for sharing the concept of fore-edge paintings with our readers - they are just amazing, We have updated the post the to reflect the fact that the paintings were not done by you but were done by a 19th century unknown painter.

     

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